Nine months prison term following ‘creeper burglary’ in Ballymena on Boxing Day

Ballymena Court

A BALLYMENA man who stole car keys during a ‘creeper’ burglary in the town on Boxing Day has been given a nine months jail term.

Anthony Ramsey (33), of Slemish Drive, had then driven the car which crashed at Dunminning Road near Cullybackey on December 26 last year.

A prosecutor said access to the house had been gained through an “unlocked rear door”.

CCTV had shown the defendant “acting suspiciously” in the area.

The defendant admitted charges including burglary; interference with a vehicle and aggravated taking of a vehicle.

Meanwhile, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard that in April last year police on patrol saw Ramsey at Broughshane Street at 4.30pm.

He was “topless” and “walking whilst bent over with a T-shirt tied round his head”.

His speech was slurred and his complexion was pale and sweaty. Two wraps of heroin were found in the pocket of his tracksuit bottoms.

In another incident in October, 2019, he had stolen items from Poundland in Ballymena including a tin of Red Bull.

A defence barrister said his client had already served the equivalent of a ten months jail sentence on remand.

The defendant was given a nine months prison sentence; was banned from driving for two years and fined £75. The court heard he had already served the equivalent of the sentence on remand.

Meanwhile, Ciaran McKeown (26), of High Street, in Ballymena, denies charges in relation to the Boxing Day incident and his case has been adjourned to June 24 to fix a date for a contest.

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