Ballymena man with 110 convictions is released on bail following alleged April Fool’s Day incidents

Ballymena Court

A man with 110 convictions who is charged with causing criminal damage to two vehicles on April Fool’s Day this year has been released on bail.

Ciaran McKeown (24), whose address was listed as no fixed abode in Ballymena, is alleged to have damaged a Mini Cooper and a Nissan X Trail belonging to two different people.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

A police officer objected to bail and said the back window of a car was smashed in Ballymena around 12.30am on April 1.

The owner heard a loud bang and saw McKeown, the officer said.

The defendant then allegedly caused damage to another vehicle.

Police attempted to locate him and when he was arrested on Sunday April 28 the defendant was transported to Holywell Hospital.

The defendant told police he did not remember what happened on April 1 as he had been intoxicated and that he was a drug user.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney said McKeown had been released from prison at the end of March and, having suffered “some mental health difficulties in the past”, had gone to Holywell for nine days.

McKeown was granted £500 bail to an address to be approved by police with a 10pm-7am curfew when he is also to be electronically tagged.

He is not to consume alcohol or take any illegal drugs and is to have no contact with the people whose vehicles were damaged.

The case was adjourned to June 13.

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