Man (51) appears in Ballymena Court accused of ‘possessing an offensive weapon – a hatchet – with intent to commit murder’

Ballymena Court

A 51-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon – a hatchet – with intent to commit murder.

Jonathan Reeves, of Coronation Crescent, Clough, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Saturday.

He is also charged with aggravated burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and causing criminal damage to a door.

The charges are connected to an incident at Oldstone Park in Clough last Thursday.

The Saturday court is not regularly covered by the press and the media had not been made aware the case was due to be heard.

Often in cases where there are serious charges the media are told when someone is charged to court.

Today, however, the Courts Service has confirmed to ‘Ballymena Daily’ basic details of the case.

The defendant faces four charges. The details of the charges are as follows:

  • attempted murder of a man;
  • possession of an offensive weapon, namely a hatchet, with intent to commit an indictable offence, namely murder;
  • entered as a trespasser a building situated at Oldstone Park, Clough, with intent to inflict on any person therein grievous bodily harm and at the time of the said entry had a hatchet;
  • and causing criminal damage to a door.

The defendant was remanded in custody to Maghaberry Prison and the case was adjourned to Ballymena Magistrates Court this Thursday.

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