Teddy bear found stabbed in the heart

Dungannon Courthouse 2
A WOMAN in Cookstown discovered a teddy bear with a knife stuck through a Valentine’s ‘heart’ on its chest after her former partner, just released from prison, had broken into her flat. The teddy bear had been left at the flat with other Valentine presents.

Darius Parcikas (24) whose address was given as Barcroft, Newry was charged with breaking into the private dwelling at Chapel Street, Cookstown and stealing two laptop computers, clothing, cigarettes, alcohol and two passports on February 13. He was also charged with causing damage to a door.

Last Monday (February 17) he was granted bail at Enniskillen Magistrates Court but the Public Prosecution Service immediately appealed the decision and bail was subsequently revoked at the High Court the following day.

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He was on High Court bail at the time of the burglary in relation to an alleged “serious sex assault” and is due to go on trial in the Crown Court on March 10.

A police constable told the court a woman reported how her ex-partner, Parcikas, had broken into her home and was still on the premises. She said she was in fear of him. When police arrived at the house there was damage caused to the front door but the defendant was not there. The woman went to a friend’s house and later reported that Parcikas rang her and threatened to remove all her belongings. Police checked the house and found a number of articles were taken. They also found items had been left in her home including Valentine gifts and a large teddy bear with a knife through a heart on it.

Parikas was located at his sister’s home in Craigavon two days later and admitted entering his ex-partner’s home and taking cigarettes. He denied taking the other items.

The court was told he had been realised from Maghaberry jail just days earlier after serving a sentence for assaulting her.

Police opposed bail on the grounds that he would commit further offences, contact his ex-partner and had spoken of going back to Lithuania. However bail was granted at the Magistrates Court under strict conditions. The next day the High Court revoked the bail and he is back in custody.

Parcikas will appear back before Dungannon Magistrates Court by videolink on March 5.