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Dutch-based lorry driver accused of having baseball bat and damaging car

A Dutch-based lorry driver appeared in court today accused of being armed with a baseball bat and damaging a car in Co Antrim.

Nigel Kershaw was arrested following an incident at Pembrooke Mews in Newtownabbey on Sunday.

The 47-year-old, of Van Coothplein in Breda, Holland, is charged with damaging a BMW 5 Series car.

He faces further counts of assault and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a baseball bat.

No details of the incident were disclosed as he appeared in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

District Judge George Conner was told Kershaw works for a Co Meath-based haulage firm and travels back to Northern Ireland regularly.

His mother lives in the same street where the alleged offences occurred.

Judge Conner agreed to release Kershaw on bail but banned him from contacting any witnesses or entering Pembrooke Mews.

Ordering the accused to return to court next week, he warned him: "If you do not appear a warrant will be issued for your arrest which may well be executed at a most inconvenient time.

"If you're carrying a load of perishable goods your employer will not be impressed by that."

Belfast Telegraph