Court hears man (26) suffered ‘mini-stroke’

Ballymena Court

A COURT heard a 26-year-old man who was due to be sentenced for offences including the theft of £150 worth of meat has suffered a “mini-stroke”.

Dale McKee, with an address given as Chichester Park West in Ballymena, was at the town’s Magistrates Court on Thursday.

A defence solicitor said the left side of the defendant’s face was “paralysed” and he was due to attend Antrim Area Hospital later that day.

The lawyer said the defendant was living with his father and hadn’t committed any further offences since being released from prison a number of weeks ago.

The defendant is also due to be sentenced for burglary with intent to steal at Parkside Rise in Ballymena and causing criminal damage to guttering.

The case has been adjourned to December.

Earlier this year a court was told Dale McKee is a heroin addict who mainly steals to fund his addiction and at one stage had been “rough-sleeping” in a tent.

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