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Duo accused of breaking into high school

Douglas man and teenager deny burglary charge

A court’s heard a Douglas man and a child in care are alleged to have broken into a school, damaging a door.


William David Gilardoni, of Peveril Road, and a teenager, who can’t be named for legal reasons, appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas courthouse.


They each pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary – 20-year-old Gilardoni is said to have done so with intent to cause criminal damage while his 16-year-old co-accused is alleged to have done so with intent to steal.


Prosecution advocate Barry Swain said the pair climbed over a security fence at St Ninian’s High School on Ballaquayle Road just after 1pm on Sunday, 22 September.


Mr Swain said the duo had gained access to the school building through an open window and damaged the door to a craft, design and technology store cupboard with a large hammer they found.


He said an alarm sounded and both fled to St Ninian’s Church, watching as a caretaker who thought it was a false alarm reset the security system.


It’s claimed the teenager then broke back into the school at around 7pm that evening.


Mrs Hughes bailed both defendants, and they’ll appear again at a pre-trial review hearing on 14 January.

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