Man claims monitoring tag came off accidentally in bath

Ballymena Court

A MAN with more than 160 convictions who is charged with with causing criminal damage to an electronic monitoring tag he was fitted with as part of bail conditions claimed it was accidentally broken after catching on a tap whilst having a bath.

Tony Simpson

 

Tony Simpson (31), of Shane Court, Broughshane, is accused of damaging the tag on November 19 this year.

The defendant is on bail in connection with an alleged petrol bomb attack on a dwelling at Lewis Park in Ballymena’s Ballykeel estate in June this year.

He is charged with possessing a petrol bomb; attempted arson endangering life; criminal damage to a house window; driving without insurance; being an unaccompanied learner driver and failing to display L plates.

His bail conditions include a midnight to 7am curfew when he is subject to electronic monitoring.

Ballymena Magistrates Court heard a new electronic tag has now been fitted.

A police officer objected to bail saying the defendant had 164 previous convictions.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said although the defendant had an “atrocious” record he was prepared to give Simpson the “benefit of the doubt” and said the tag removal alarm had activated at 8.56pm which was ahead of the midnight curfew.

The defendant was re-admitted to bail.

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