Man used ‘tin of beans’ to try and smash door lock and trap girlfriend

Ballymena Court.

A Ballymena man who used a tin of beans to try and smash a lock in an attempt to trap his then girlfriend in her home has appeared in the town’s Magistrates Court.

Michael Wray (24), of Sunningdale Park, pleaded guilty to offences of attempted criminal damage and resisting police.

He had originally also been charged with false imprisonment of his girlfriend; making threats to kill her father; making threats to damage her father’s property and common assault on another woman but they were withdrawn by prosecutors.

A prosecutor told the court Wray had attempted to damage a lock so the injured party couldn’t leave during an incident in April this year.

The defendant had been verbally abusive when arrested and lashed out at officers.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney said his client used a tin of beans to try and smash a door handle.

He was drunk and when arrested in bed he struggled with officers, added the lawyer.

Mr McAtamney accepted the tin of beans incident was “bizarre” and involved Wray’s girlfriend at the time.

He said it was the “tail end” of the relationship which is now “well and truly over”.

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