Man who allegedly told wheelchair-user ‘hand over TV or get shot’ is set to have case heard at Crown Court

Coleraine Courthouse
Coleraine Courthouse

A MAN who allegedly told a wheelchair-user to “hand over the TV or get shot” is set to have his case heard at Antrim Crown Court.

Robert McCamley (35), of Glenshesk Park, Portrush, faces two charges relating to August 1 this year.

He is accused of burglary at Glenbush Drive, Portrush, when a TV, mobile phone and £25 in cash were stolen.

The second charge is blackmail and the charge reads that with a view to gaining for himself or another, or with intent to cause loss to another, he made an unwarranted demand of “Hand over the TV or get shot”, or words to that effect, from the alleged injured party, with menaces.

He appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on November 5 where a prosecutor said a decision had been taken for the case to proceed on indictment and the matter was adjourned to early December to fix a date for a Preliminary Enquiry.

A court in October heard McCamley claimed he arranged to take the television from a wheelchair-user with spina bifida as part payment for a £200 debt.

In October a police officer said it was alleged McCamley went to the man’s home and demanded money and when he was told there was no money the TV was taken which was recovered by police a short time later.

Also at the previous hearing, defence barrister Alan Stewart, said the men used to live together and McCamley had lent the other man £200 before they “had a falling out”.

The lawyer said McCamley was out walking a dog when he had a chance encounter with the other man and when he asked for the money back the complainant said he didn’t have any cash and to “just take the TV”.

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