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Man accused of Ballymena hijacking 'threatened to kill driver'

By Nevin Farrell

A man who took a driving licence as he hijacked a car at Ballymena train station allegedly told the victim that if he reported the matter to police he would "kill him".

The claim was made at Ballymena Magistrates Court by a police officer who objected to Anthony Craig (23), of Woodgreen Park, Shankbridge near Ballymena, being released on bail.

Last year a court heard Craig damaged an electronic monitoring tag on his ankle after it got caught on a tap while "having sex in the bath" at his girlfriend's house and he was jailed for a month after admitting a criminal damage charge.

Craig is currently in custody in relation to an alleged hijacking of a car at a park and ride facility beside Ballymena Station last December.

Craig appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link from Maghaberry and applied for bail.

The police officer said Craig had 32 previous convictions and because of issues with alcohol he believed he would be a high risk of re-offending if released.

Defence barrister Andrew Moriarty said Craig had a "substance dependence" as well as alcohol issues and if released he could immediately report to his GP and be returned to drugs counselling.

District Judge Peter King said he would adjourn the bail application until March 16.

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