Shop robbery bid driven by drug habit, court is told
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.