Two men charged following incidents near Ballymena Police Station are further remanded in custody

Ballymena Court

TWO men charged following incidents close to Ballymena Police Station on November 7 this year have been further remanded in custody.

Sean Paul McManus (34), of Linenhall Street, Ballymena, and Mark Alan Davidson (28), of Lower Mill Street in Ballymena, are jointly charged with the aggravated burglary of a dwelling at Galgorm Road with intent to steal.

They are further accused of going equipped for burglary with a flick baton and are also charged with an attempted burglary of another dwelling at Galgorm Road.

Davidson is also charged with possessing Pregabalin, Diazepam and Maxitram with intent to supply; possession of the drugs and possession of cannabis.

The cases were mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court December 19 where the defendants appeared via video link from prison.

During a bail application by Davidson a police officer said the PSNI were called to a property at Galgorm Road where a resident said he saw two men wearing motorcycle helmets kicking his door.

The officer said the man believes the two men heard him on the phone to the PSNI and they left.

The officer said police then found the defendants with a moped with a plastic cover over the number plate and there was a holdall containing items.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney said: “This incident occurred directly opposite the Police Station in the early hours of the morning”.

He said both accused had been “under the influence”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it had been Davidson’s third attempt to get bail and he refused the application on the grounds of risk of offending and a risk of interference with witnesses.

The cases were adjourned to January 16.

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