Ilfracombe man Ivor Braund denies breach of bail charge
A 36-year-old who allegedly took part in a robbery in Ilfracombe on New Year's Day has appeared before magistrates today.
Ivor Braund, of Slade Road, Ilfracombe, appeared before North Devon Magistrates' Court charged with breaching the conditions of his bail.
He was arrested at 5.40am this morning at his home when police believed he had tampered with his curfew tag.
The defendant denied this and claimed the tag had been damaged during his martial arts classes he takes twice a week.
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He had been granted bail at Exeter Crown Court on February 1 until April 12 when the next crown court hearing for the alleged robbery is due to take place.
The robbery is said to have taken place at Jonathan Hamlyn's property in Fore Street. The defendants Braund and Peter Wycherley, 36, are alleged to have taken a PS3, a laptop, £50 in cash and a mobile phone.
Prosecutor Ben Winzer said Security firm G4S was alerted to the tag no longer being on the defendant's leg at 2am on Sunday morning.
They called and spoke to him at his property and he told them it had slipped off.
They went to fix the tag last night but Braund was then arrested hours later for the alleged breach.
He gave evidence in court today confirming he had not tampered with the tag.
Magistrates accepted he had not breached his bail conditions.
Braund was released on conditional bail until his next hearing.