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Man 'begging' needed cash for his bus fare

By Nevin Farrell

A man charged with begging in Ballymena was in the town to visit the Jobs & Benefits office and allegedly trying to get 20p to help pay for his bus fare home.

Pavel Glogar (59) of Starfield, Randalstown, who appeared at Ballymena Magistrates' Court on Thursday is alleged to have begged at the Pentagon area in the Co Antrim town centre on June 3. It was his first appearance in court in connection with the charge and he has yet to enter a plea.

Defence barrister Chris Sherrard asked for time to correspond with the prosecution.

Mr Sherrard said his client, who is on Jobseekers' Allowance, had gone to the benefits office in Ballymena and was 20p short for his fare home and claimed it was not begging.

Instead he said his client was seeking a "loan" of some money to travel. Mr Sherrard said his client has "psychiatric issues".

The case was adjourned to November 17.

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