Jail sentence for 'dangerous guy' who threatened to make staff at a Ballymena pharmacy 'disappear with a trace'

Jail sentence for 'dangerous guy' who threatened to make staff at a Ballymena pharmacy 'disappear with a trace'

A MAN who threatened to make staff at a pharmacy in Ballymena "disappear without a trace" added: "I'm a dangerous guy".

Mark John Page (34), with an address listed as Ballyclug Mews, Ballymena, admitted charges of making a threat to kill and 'common assault'

He appeared via video link from prison at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, for sentencing.

A prosecutor said on November 18, 2020, the defendant entered the Boots pharmacy in Harryville in Ballymena and had to wait as his GP had not provided the pharmacy with a prescription.

Page was saying things like he would make staff "disappear without a trace" and that he was a "dangerous guy".

Page, Court News NI can report, refused to leave until he got Diazepam and it took almost an hour before he departed and during that time he "sat down in the shop in protest".

Later that afternoon he returned to the pharmacy wanting Diazepam and staff "again explained that it was no longer included in his prescription".

The prosecutor said the defendant began to "threaten" a staff member, saying: "If I don't get it I will come back with a balaclava and weapon and take it".

Page said he would "empty" the weapon "into the shop", and a staff member told police the defendant said he would "put us all on the floor".

The court heard the staff member was "in fear".

Page was "pacing up and down the shop, ranting, banging the door".

The prosecutor said a member of staff "pressed the panic button for police assistance".

Page denied the offences during interview.

The prosecutor said it was a "technical common assault".

A defence barrister said Page had recently received a sentence of six years and eight months at the Crown Court, half to be spent on licence, for other unrelated matters - two robberies and arson - and had spent around a year in custody on remand.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the pharmacy offences and the defence lawyer said Page had asked him to apologise as the behavour had been "completely unacceptable".

The lawyer said Page had mental health issues.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told Page: "This is a serious matter. To go into any shop and make these threats is totally unacceptable."

Page was given a six months prison sentence for the pharmacy offences.

  • Main picture: The Boots pharmacy in Harryville. Image: Google Maps.