Man accused of sectarian graffiti blitz in Ballymena is expected to apply for bail

Council workers helped clean graffiti which appeared in Ballymena town centre.

A BALLYMENA man accused of daubing sectarian graffiti on several buildings including the walls of a church is expected to apply for bail next week, his solicitor told the town’s Magistrates Court.

Ciaran McKeown (25), with an address listed as High Street in the town, had the case mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

He faces charges of painting ‘sectarian graffiti’ on walls at buildings including West Presbyterian Church and the Tower Centre on April 8 this year.

He is also accused of stealing four bottles of wine worth £34 from Wineflair on April 8 this year.

The defendant is also charged with stealing a food item from Connolly’s shop on October 29 last year and possession of herbal cannabis on November 8, 2019.

The court heard the defendant had previously been refused bail at the High Court.

The defence solicitor said the new bail application was being made on the grounds of a “delay” in the case.

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