Ballymena man admits criminal damage after court hears ‘KKK’ was daubed in ‘hate crime’

A MAN has admitted a charge of criminal damage after ‘KKK’ was daubed in a ‘hate crime’ at a house in Ballymena.

A defence lawyer for Albert Boyd (36), of Centuripe Avenue, Ballymena, said the defendant was admitting a charge of criminal damage.

The guilty plea was entered to a charge that on December 14 last year the defendant caused damage to a door, window and walls of a house at Centuripe Avenue.

A prosecution lawyer said it was a “hate crime”.

The defence barrister confirmed to Ballymena Magistrates Court, sitting in Antrim, on Thursday, it was a “hate crime” and that the defendant had “painted ‘KKK’ on a foreign national’s property”.

The defence lawyer said there was CCTV in the case and he had authority to enter a guilty plea on behalf of the defendant who was not before the court.

The full facts of the case have yet to be outlined to the court.

District Judge Nigel Broderick asked for a pre-sentence report and adjourned the matter to the end of November for sentencing.

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