Man is accused of possessing a hypodermic needle as an offensive weapon in a public place

Ballymena Magistrates Court
Ballymena Magistrates Court

A man has been accused of possessing a hypodermic needle as an offensive weapon in public in Coleraine.

Gareth McKee (23), of Princes Street in Ballymena, is alleged to have committed the offence on September 28 this year.

On the same date he is charged with stealing Prosecco wine worth £22 from Tesco and assaulting a male and female.

He is also accused of stealing a £140 mobile phone from a male on September 3.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link from Maghaberry Prison where he has been on remand.

A prosecutor said eight statements had been received by police but the full file has yet to be passed to her department and her application was to adjourn the case for two weeks.

No information about the background to the charges was given to the court.

McKee was further remanded in custody to appear back at Ballymena Court on November 1.

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