Man with knife is accused of grabbing male by neck and saying: ‘I’m going to kill you’

Ballymena Court

A MAN carrying a knife is accused of grabbing a male by the neck at a path between Ballee and Pennybridge in Ballymena whilst saying: “I’m going to kill you”.

Garion Hanna (18), of High Street in Ballymena, is charged with making a threat to kill; possessing a knife in a public place; assault and possession of cannabis relating to March 2 this year.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link from Hydebank prison and the case was adjourned to April 2. He was further remanded in custody.

At a previous court sitting a police officer had opposed bail.

The officer said police received a report on March 2 this year from the girlfriend of a male who said Hanna had approached both of them at a pathway and was carrying a knife with a four to five inch blade.

The woman alleged the defendant had grabbed the male “by the scruff of the neck” and said: ‘I’m going to kill you’.

Hanna is also accused of the aggravated taking and causing damage to a Nissan Qashqai; absence of insurance; being an unaccompanied L driver and not having L plates displayed on March 15 following incidents in the Portstewart area.

The police officer said the car was found with damage and flat wheels.

A female had alleged Hanna had gone to the north coast for a drive and had deliberately crashed into “road furniture”.

A defence lawyer said Hanna denied the allegations.

Bail had been refused at the earlier court.

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