CCTV footage denied: Images grainy and not of me, accused tells court

AN ALLEGED drug dealer and burglar denies being pictured in CCTV footage showing a burglary, a court has heard.

Ryan Ridley, 37, is facing charges including theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, trafficking ice, dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

He and co-accused Teagan Ashmore, 27, were arrested on December 15 at an Irymple home when they allegedly tried to run from police.

Ashmore, who is pregnant, was granted bail last month to live with her grandmother. 

Ridley, who appeared via video link at Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday, will likely accept the trafficking charge, but is disputing his involvement in the burglaries, the court heard.

The court heard Ridley was captured on CCTV footage during an Irymple Avenue burglary in which a motorcycle and tools were stolen.

That motorcycle and the toolbox were found at his house when a search was conducted on December 15, the court heard.

Photos of the motorcycle were also pictured on Ridley’s son’s Facebook page, the court heard.

Ridley is also allegedly linked to a Merbein burglary in October, with police finding a shoeprint they believe matches boots he was wearing when arrested.

Ridley’s counsel said the CCTV footage was grainy and Ridley claimed it simply wasn’t him.

He said Ridley did not own a pair of boots that matched the description of the shoeprint. 

The matter was adjourned until June.

Ridley, who has served 129 days in custody, remains behind bars. 

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