House gable wall car smash: Man further remanded in custody on charges

car incident
A car which sustained damage in an incident near Portglenone. Picture from: PSNI Magherafelt Facebook page.

A man charged with taking a car and allegedly trying to set fire to it after it crashed into the gable wall of a home has been further remanded in custody.

Michael Murray (31), with an address at a hostel at Curran Road in Larne, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link from prison on January 10 charged with the aggravated taking of a black Vauxhall Astra from Gracehill belonging to a friend of his girlfriend’s.

He is also charged with attempting to destroy the car by fire; stealing a hoodie belonging to the car owner; and having cannabis.

He is further charged with being uninsured and unlicensed to drive at Mayogall Road near Clady outside Portglenone on Saturday January 5 this year.

An earlier court heard police received a report of a road traffic collision at an address where a car had struck a gable wall of a house and residents came out and extinguished a fire which had been “started on the driver’s seat”.

At court on January 10 the defendant was further remanded in custody to February.

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