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Shop robbery bid driven by drug habit, court is told

McKergin was granted conditional bail and the case was adjourned to August (stock photo)
McKergin was granted conditional bail and the case was adjourned to August (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

A man accused of brandishing a stick during an attempted robbery at a shop owned by the father of a DUP MLA in Ballymena told police he wanted money to fund his drug addiction, a court has heard.

Cory McKergin (25), of Queen Street in the Co Antrim town, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court charged with the attempted robbery of cash from a Vivo store owned by Robert Frew, who is the father of North Antrim MLA Paul Frew, on July 19.

McKergin is also accused of handling stolen goods - two bottles of vodka believed to have been taken from other premises - which police later found at his address.

An officer said at 6.40am on Friday, July 19, the PSNI received a report of an attempted robbery at the Vivo when a suspect entered the store brandishing a wooden stick and demanding money from the till.

The suspect left without any money and after a description was given, police went to McKergin's address.

McKergin was granted conditional bail and the case was adjourned to August.

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