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Bangor man dragged from his home and threatened in drugs bid, court hears

A man with mental health problems was allegedly dragged from his home and threatened with being killed, the High Court heard today.

Up to three men ransacked both his flat and that of his mother who lives opposite him in Co Down, it was claimed.

Televisions, phones and cash were all taken in the raids being linked to an attempt to force the victim into helping secure drugs.

Details emerged as one of those accused of carrying out the attack mounted an application for bail.

Darren Quayle, 29, is charged with two counts of burglary, robbery, kidnapping, threats to kill and possession of cannabis.

The court was told three men forced their way into the victim's home at Drumawhey Gardens, Bangor early on October 25.

Classed as being vulnerable due to suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), his mother lives next door to help look after him.

Robin Steer, prosecuting, claimed the intruders dragged him outside and demanded he phone a drug dealer to get a quantity of Mephedrone.

When the victim tried to call his mother he was allegedly beaten up.

At one stage, according to Mr Steer, the man managed to say: "There's a UDA man going to kill me mum, help."

Later that night his brother and a friend arrived at the block of flats and help him to return home, the court heard.

It was then discovered that his mother's flat had also been burgled.

Raiders allegedly smashed a living room window and stole her television set, smartphones and a Sky HD box.

Quayle, of Balligan Gardens in Bangor, was arrested after the victim provided a description of the intruders.

Although the victims have now left the town, Mr Steer said police were still opposed to the accused living there due to issues about another witness.

Mr Justice Weir agreed to adjourn his bail application to allow his lawyers to seek an alternative proposed address.

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