Coat arsonist has sentencing adjourned

Ballymena Court3
Ballymena Court.

A man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to a man’s coat has had sentencing adjourned to the end of January for a report to be prepared.

Anthony Martin Shortt (30), of no fixed address, had the matter mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court on January 10.

He pleaded guilty to arson relating to December 29, 2018.

An earlier court was told that as part of bail conditions the defendant was barred from entering the Simon Community in Ballymena and was to have no contact with the victim.

On December 10, defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant, who had a record, had been in custody since his arrest on New Year’s Eve.

Shortt was in breach of a suspended sentence.

Mr Law said the defendant had been granted bail but there was no suitable address available.

The defendant was remanded in continuing custody until January 31.

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