Ballymena man who allegedly told police he would ‘murder’ his mother is released on bail

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A Ballymena man who allegedly told police he would “murder” his mother has been granted bail.

Conor McGill (26), of Centuripe Avenue, is charged with making a threat to kill; making a threat to damage his mum’s home at Fisherwick Crescent in Ballymena and a third charge of assaulting her.

The offences are alleged to have happened on Sunday January 6.

The defendant had previously appeared at court in January when he was remanded in custody after police objected to bail.

A PSNI officer had said that on January 6 police attended a report of a disturbance and spoke to McGill’s mother who said she had been awakened by her son banging at her door asking for his passport.

The defendant allegedly told his mother he was going to “wreck” the house and “put in every window in the place”.

The police officer said that earlier McGill had allegedly told his mum he was going to “take the face off” her.

McGill was arrested and while at Antrim custody suite told police he was “going to murder” his mother and he then punched a wall in the interview room.

He said he would “drive his fist through his mother’s face,” the officer told the court last month.

Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey told the court in January there had been no actual violence used by the defendant against his mum but he had been “shouting and roaring threats”.

Added the lawyer: “I appreciate the comments he makes are very concerning. He was basically saying anything to police whilst he was under the influence of drugs.”

Remanding the defendant in custody in January, Deputy District Judge Peter Magill had said McGill had allegedly made “threats of the utmost violence and repeats these to police and says he will murder his mother.”

The defendant re-appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on February 11 and was granted £500 bail to an address at Slemish Drive in Ballymena.

He is not allowed to contact his mother and he is barred from entering Fisherwick Crescent.

The defendant shall not possess or consume any illegal drugs or legal highs and he is not to abuse any prescription drugs.

He must also submit to a drugs test to police if requested.

The case was adjourned to February 28.

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