£600 cash was stolen by man two days before he was due in court for sentencing in relation to bungled theft at shop owned by politician’s father

Ballymena Court

A MAN has admitted stealing £600 in cash.

Cory McKergin (25), formerly with an address in Ballymena but which is now listed as Rocavan Meadow, Broughshane, committed theft on October 15 last year.

The defendant was at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The full details surrounding the theft charge have yet to be outlined to the court.

The case was adjourned to February 20 to fix a date for that charge to be contested.

The £600 theft happened two days before McKergin was due to be sentenced at Ballymena Court on October 17 last year in a high profile case.

McKergin had been involved in a bungled attempt to steal money from a shop belonging to a DUP Assembly Member’s dad in Ballymena last summer.

The court on October 17 heard the incident was captured on security cameras which showed the defendant entering the shop carrying what was described in court as a “stick” and demanding money before fleeing empty-handed.

In connection with that incident the defendant had been put on Probation for a year and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

He had originally been charged with the attempted robbery of cash from a Vivo shop in the town’s Harryville area but that charge was withdrawn and replaced with a charge of the attempted theft of cash from Robert Frew – father of politician Paul Frew.

McKergin had pleaded guilty to attempted theft.

At the time of that offence the defendant told police he entered the shop to get money to fund his “drug addiction” and at no time had he intended to hurt anyone.

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