Belfast Telegraph

Man who took flight over bird theft finally up before court

By Nevin Farrell

A man charged in connection with the theft of an African grey parrot from a Co Antrim pet shop failed to appear in court because he was worried about tweets - on social media.

Darren McPeake (32), from Ballee in Ballymena, is accused of dishonestly receiving stolen goods, including Barney the parrot, six tortoises, a chameleon, and a python last December.

He is also charged with possessing cannabis and Diazepam.

McPeake was originally due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court last week but when he did not appear a warrant was issued and he was arrested. Yesterday, defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said McPeake had been apprehensive about coming to court as was "concerned" about what had been said on "social media" in December over the theft of Barney.

The case was adjourned until mid-April and McPeake was released on £750 bail.

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