Ballymena man who had been accused of threatening footwear shop staff with a shoe horn has number of charges withdrawn


PROSECUTORS have withdrawn a number of charges against a Ballymena man who had been accused of threatening staff in a footwear shop with a shoe horn during a failed attempt to get them to hand over cash from a till.

Ciaran McKeown (24), of Glenravel Park in Ballymena, had previously been charged with attempted robbery at a shop on the town’s Ballymoney Street on December 21 last year.

He was also accused of possessing three knives as offensive weapons in a public place and having a magnetic strip for use in theft.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday those three charges were withdrawn.

Two charges remain which the defendant – who appeared at the court via video link from Maghaberry Prison – where he has been on remand – has now pleaded guilty to.

He has admitted the attempted theft of clothing worth £255 from the TK Maxx store in Ballymena and going equipped for theft with a set of nail clippers on December 21.

The court heard the defendant had a lengthy record.

The case has been adjourned to March 28 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and in the mean time McKeown was further remanded in custody.

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