Ballymena man accused of having a sword has case further adjourned

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A Ballymena man accused of having a sword as an offensive weapon with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and attempting to rob money from a male has been further remanded in custody.

Philip Bradley Douglas (20), of Princes Street, is alleged to have committed the offences on January 28 this year.

He is also charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and a further charge of assault on the alleged victim on the same date.

On Thursday June 14, Douglas appeared before District Judge Nigel Broderick via video link from Hydebank Wood College where the defendant has been on remand.

A prosecution lawyer told Ballymena Magistrates Court forensics connected to the case were not now due until mid-July.

She said there has been a “serious backlog in forensics”.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said he accepted it was not the prosecutor’s fault but he thought forensics cases involving people on remand would would be dealt with first.

Judge Broderick said: “Unfortunately it is what it is”.

The case was adjourned to July 5 and Mr Smyth said if there was “slippage” he would be applying for bail.

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