PROSECUTORS have withdrawn a number of charges against a Ballymena man who had been accused of threatening staff in a footwear shop with a shoe horn during a failed attempt to get them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At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday those three charges were withdrawn.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.