Three men are accused of trespassing at Glenwherry Hill Farm with ‘lurcher type dogs’

Ballymena Court

THREE men are accused of trespassing at Glenwherry Hill Farm with ‘lurcher type dogs’.

The cases were mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The men are Andrew Gorman Henderson (62), of Craighill in Antrim; Brian William Baxter (59), of Sackville Court in Belfast and Alan John Bell (64), of Orby Park in Belfast.

The charges relate to last February.

Andrew Henderson faces three charges of ‘aggravated trespass (disruption)’ and the others each face two such charges.

The specifics of the charge are ‘trespassed on land in the open air and in relation to lawful activities namely bird breeding and livestock grazing which persons were engaging in or were about to engage in on that or adjoining land in the open air did an act namely roamed the area with unrestrained lurcher type dogs which was intended by you to have the effect of disrupting the said activities’.

Andrew Gorman is also charged with assault while Brian Baxter has a third charge of possessing a folding lock knife in a public place – Shilnavogy Road.

District Judge Nigel Broderick noted the papers in the case were “somewhat voluminous”.

No further details about the background to the charges were given in court.

The cases were adjourned to mid-February.

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