Man refused to go to court over Portsmouth robberies

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A MAN accused of carrying out a spate of break-ins refused to leave his prison cell to go to court.

Derek Billinger was remanded in custody following his arrest for the offences.

He was due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday to face a total of six charges.

The 34-year-old is accused of breaking into two businesses at O Jays Industrial Park, Claybank Road, Portsmouth, on July 31.

On the same date he is alleged to have tried to break into another two premises on the estate before trying to steal two cars.

But Billinger, whose address was given to the court as Winchester Prison, refused to attend the hearing.

The case was adjourned to later this month when he is due to appear via video-link.