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Man accused of two burglaries on same house armed with knife

Samuel Robinson (35) appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court

A man allegedly carried out two separate burglaries on the same house while armed with a knife, a court has heard.

Samuel Robinson is also accused of sexual assault, blackmail and attempted robbery offences linked to the suspected raids in north Belfast.

The 35-year-old was arrested by police investigating an alleged break-in at the Sunningdale Park address on Wednesday.

He appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with aggravated burglary on that date, stealing an iPhone and having a knife at the time.

Robinson, of Ballysillan Drive in the city, faces two further counts of attempting to rob people at the house of £500 in cash and being in possession of a Class C drug, namely diazepam.

Charges were also put to him in connection with a previous incident at the same property earlier this summer.

He is accused of committing an aggravated burglary on July 23, stealing £200 and again being armed with a knife.

It was alleged that he also sexually assaulted one woman and demanded £1,000 from another "with menaces".

During the hearing a defence solicitor confirmed his client was not seeking bail at this stage.

District Judge Peter Magill remanded Robinson in custody, to appear again by video-link next month.

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