Elderly brothers’ attack accused has a dozen aliases

December 9, 2013

A man accused of robbing two frail and elderly brothers in their Newry home more than four years ago has twelve known aliases allegedly used in a string of crimes across Europe.

Prosecutors made the claim during the Belfast High Court bail hearing of Felix Nolan (24) of Sandy’s Street in Newry on Monday last.

Nolan was arrested in London last month and subsequently charged with robbery and aggravated burglary with intent to steal.  The charges relate to an incident at the home of brothers Jimmy and Patrick Murtagh of Lurganare Cross, Newry in April 2009.  The men, aged in their eighties, were left traumatised after three men forced their way into their home, before ransacking the property and stealing £65 in cash.

Bail for Nolan was opposed during the hearing as prosecutors claim he would flee if released, stating that he has travelled throughout Europe and is also being sought in Germany.

Following identification procedures Nolan was brought back to Northern Ireland in 2010 after being detained in Liverpool getting off a flight from Amsterdam.  He was subsequently released by a district judge and allegedly moved to the Republic of Ireland before going to England.

Opposing bail, the prosecutor said: “There are 12 known aliases for this applicant.  They are all around his Felix Nolan name but he nevertheless uses aliases.”

Setting out the alleged risk he would flee, he added: “He’s being sought by the authorities in Germany and, despite the PSNI being in possession of his passport, he’s believed to have travelled throughout Europe.”

Ronan Daly, defending, said his client insists he is innocent.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Horner said he could not be confident Nolan would remain in Northern Ireland if released.

The judge added that it was right to describe the alleged offences as “despicable”.

“These two elderly men were obviously traumatised and deeply upset by what happened,” he said.

Nolan was refused bail due to the perceived risks of absconding and re-offending.