‘Footprint’ analysis awaited by prosecutors regarding man facing charges including possession of a meat cleaver as an offensive weapon at retail park

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The man is accused of stealing a meat cleaver from a B&M store.

A DNA report and analysis of a “footprint” are awaited by prosecutors regarding a man who faces charges including possessing an offensive weapon – a meat cleaver – at Coleraine’s Riverside Retail Park.

Kelvin James Kane (24), who previously lived in Portrush but whose address is now listed as White Hall Crescent in Ballycastle, is alleged to have stolen a meat cleaver from B&M Bargains on the same date – April 9 this year.

He is also charged with stealing two TVs, an iPad, camera and £10 in cash in a burglary at a house at Coleraine’s Strand Road.

The defendant is also accused of taking a car without authority which was then allegedly used without insurance.

Kane appeared in the dock at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday and it was heard DNA analysis was due to have been received and a “footprint” analysis report is due in January.

The case was adjourned to the end of January.

Earlier this year, the High Court heard that Kane was accused of ransacking his former foster carer’s home and attacking her partner before being detained as he prepared to return to the house armed with a meat cleaver.

Prosecutors had claimed Kane was covered in blood and on his way back to the property at Strand Road for a third time in the space of hours.

The High Court heard Kane was denying the charges.

The High Court was told a woman in her fifties who lives alone at the house on Strand Road had previously been Kane’s foster carer.

She returned home to discover the patio doors smashed, two televisions, an iPad, digital camera and cash stolen, and the upstairs area ransacked.

The TV sets were discovered covered in mud a short distance away.

Crown lawyer Natalie Pinkerton had claimed at the High Court that Kane came back while the woman’s partner was trying to repair some of the damage and offered him a fight.

She alleged the defendant assaulted the man before fleeing again, covered in blood.

Police were then alerted that a man matching Kane’s description had left a B&M Bargains store in the town after stealing a meat cleaver.

“It’s believed he was travelling back to the injured party’s property,” Ms Pinkerton had said.

“He was detained with the meat cleaver, this would have been the third time returning.”

A television remote control and camera allegedly found on him were linked to the burgled house, she added.

The High Court also heard a taxi company provided a statement that they had collected Kane from a bar to take him to the address earlier in the day.

Also at the High Court a defence barrister had said: “He doesn’t accept the allegations that are being made.”

It was disclosed Kane has been battling with addiction issues and mental health problems.

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