Ballymena man sent social media message threatening to shoot a man and ‘use a car to cut him in two’

Ballymena Magistrates Court

A MAN who said on social media that he would shoot a man “and use a car to cut him in two” has been given a four months jail term, suspended for a year.

Robert Wayne McAllister (42), of Beechwood Avenue, Ballymena, pleaded guilty to a charge of improperly using a communications network to send a message which was menacing in nature in January this year.

A charge of making a threat to kill was withdrawn at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

When interviewed the defendant told police he gave a man a motorbike to store for him as he had no room but then claimed when he went to collect it it had been sold.

A defence solicitor said McAllister had felt a “great sense of grievance” which had “festered”.

The lawyer said the language used had been “bombastic”.

District Judge Nigel Broderck said McAllister had to understand that whatever the background he shouldn’t be “taking the law into your own hands” and sending threatening messages on Facebook.

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