Court hears County Antrim man damaged property because 'voices were making fun of him'

Court hears County Antrim man damaged property because 'voices were making fun of him'

A PROSECUTOR said a man who "smashed-up" a property at Barra Street in Antrim town told police he "heard voices speaking to him and making fun of him".

Raymond George Neal (41), formerly of Barra Street and now of Bleach Green Avenue, Newtownabbey, caused criminal damage to a door, windows and an oven.

A previous court heard a defence lawyer say the defendant had claimed there were "ghosts in the wall".

The damage cost £630 to repair.

Meanwhile, police received a report that the defendant was removing his own clothing at 1.30am on February 16 this year at Bleach Green.

When officers arrived they saw several items of clothing scattered on the road and the defendant was repeatedly "calling out for help".

The defendant said his stomach was sore and the defendant was shivering and shaking.

An ambulance took him to Antrim Area Hospital where he was verbally aggressive towards police.

The defendant who was in Ballymena Magistrates Court (pictured) made a number of remarks during the hearing and District Judge Nigel Broderick adjourned the case to November 25 for a defence representative to be present with Neal.