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Man ordered to start drug treatment court after arcade break-in attempt

Magistrates’ Court (file photograph)

An addict who tried to break into the Bermudiana Arcade over the weekend was today ordered to take part in drug treatment court.

Tarik Ebbin, 25, admitted the offence when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court. He also pleaded guilty to carrying a knife with a blade longer than three inches.

Nicole Smith, for the Crown, told the court that on Sunday, the Bermudiana Arcade superintendent noticed that a glass door near the arcade’s Par-la-Ville car park entrance had been shattered.

The superintendent, who was not named in court, viewed CCTV footage which showed a male dressed in black clothing and carrying a crowbar stop outside the broken door.

Shortly after a formal complaint had been made, officers noticed Ebbin walking past the arcade wearing the same clothing and having a similar build to the person seen in the footage.

Officers took him to the Hamilton Police Station for questioning. When they searched him, they noticed a knife in one of his pockets. The blade was longer than five inches.

Ebbin, of no fixed address, has previous convictions dating back to 2014.

He asked the court for help with his drug addiction. Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson ordered that he observe drug treatment court starting today after which he was to be remanded into custody.

Ms Anderson also ordered that court services conduct a social inquiry report and a drug use assessment for Ebbin.

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