'Broken hurling stick offensive weapon' allegation denied

'Broken hurling stick offensive weapon' allegation denied

A MAN from the Garvagh area accused of possessing an 'offensive weapon' - described on a charge sheet as a 'bat handle' - in the area of Ballymoney Road in Ballymena denies the charge.

Rory James Scott (34), of Brone Park, is charged in relation to June 11 this year.

At Ballymena Magistrates' Court a defence solicitor said the item was a "broken hurling stick" and the defendant did not believe it was "offensive".

The lawyer said the accused had "picked it up because he wanted to keep it for himself. He described it as an ornament in his interview".

The solicitor said the item will be shown to the court when the case is contested on August 22.