Man appears at Ballymena Court and denies stealing ‘Flush’ the horse

'Flush' the horse
‘Flush’ the horse

A man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing a horse called ‘Flush’.

Roy Archer (58), whose address was listed as Creevy Avenue in the Braniel area of Belfast, is also denying two other charges.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He is accused of three counts of theft – the theft of a ‘horse named Flush’ belonging to a man and woman; the theft of a saddle and two bridles worth £190 belonging to the man and woman and the theft of a Vauxhall Astra ran worth £500 belonging to the woman.

The horse related thefts are alleged to have occurred on a date unknown between March 1 and May 6, 2017 and the van theft is alleged to happened on a date unknown between August 8 and November 24, 2017.

The case has been adjourned until later this month to fix a date for a contest.

Last year Bellaghy woman Demi Moore put out an appeal on social media for help from the public in finding ‘Flush’ who she described as a “much loved family pet”.

She has now told ‘Ballymena Daily’ Flush’s “whereabouts remains unknown”.

She added: “My whole family remain devastated”.

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