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£500 fine for man (56) who told cops he'd get them shot

'Rankin appeared in court on three charges of assaulting police; three of resisting officers in the execution of their duty and one of being disorderly' (stock photo)
'Rankin appeared in court on three charges of assaulting police; three of resisting officers in the execution of their duty and one of being disorderly' (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

A man told police he could find out where they lived and have their homes attacked, a court has heard.

Police were investigating the theft of beer kegs when they went to an address in Ballymena last December 23.

Two arrests were made but another man, David Alexander Rankin (56), of Kincora in the town, began shouting abuse at police officers.

He was arrested and "kicked off", according to a prosecutor.

Ballymena Magistrates Court heard that during a struggle Rankin called police "Fenian b******s" and spat in one officer's face.

He also told police that he could find out their addresses within "five minutes" and have their homes attacked, and also threatened to have officers "shot".

Rankin appeared in court on three charges of assaulting police; three of resisting officers in the execution of their duty and one of being disorderly.

The judge fined him £500.

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