Second man appears in court charged with knife robbery at Mace shop in Ballykeel Two area of Ballymena

There was a robbery at the Mace shop at Ballykeel Two.

A SECOND man has appeared via video link at a court sitting in Ballymena today in connection with an alleged knife robbery when cash was stolen from the Mace store at the town’s Ballykeel Two area on Saturday night.

He is Charles Andrew Law (30), whose address was given as no fixed abode in Londonderry, but who is originally from the Ballymena area. There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody.

The defendant is charged with robbing the Mace at Knockeen shopping centre of cash to the value of £216.67 on October 3.

He is further charged with possessing an offensive weapon – a knife – with intent to commit robbery.

The defendant, who appeared via video link from Antrim PSNI Station, confirmed he understood the charges.

A police officer believed he could connect the defendant to the charges.

Defence solicitor Andrew Kinney said no application was being made for bail.

The case was adjourned to a later date.

A co-accused, Keith Balmer, appeared at court on Monday and was remanded in custody.

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