Man charged with possessing iron bar as offensive weapon near church in Antrim town was found 'hiding in attic'

Man charged with possessing iron bar as offensive weapon near church in Antrim town was found 'hiding in attic'

A MAN charged with possessing an iron bar as an offensive weapon near Greystone Road Presbyterian Church in Antrim town was later found hiding in an attic.

Maurice Ayres (26), formerly of Rathkyle in Antrim but now with an address in Coleraine, claimed he had the weapon as he "felt under threat".

Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, heard there was an incident on September 5 this year.

A police officer said a person said Ayres ahd pulled the iron bar from his trousers and "threatened" him.

The defendant was later found hiding in an attic at a property in Rathkyle and had taken Lyrica.

The officer said the defendant was in breach of bail conditions in relation to previous charges.

The policewoman said the defendant told the PSNI he had been on his way with a woman to see her friends and when a man started shouting at him in the Greystone Road area he pulled out a one-and-a-half-foot long "metal pole" and "threatened" him.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine claimed Ayres had gone to Antrim, as when he was released on bail it appeared a woman wanted to "rekindle" a relationship.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would give Ayres a "last chance" and released him on bail with conditions including a night time curfew with an electronic tag and a ban from entering Antrim town.

The case was adjourned to September 14.

Main picture: An incident happened near Greystone Road Presbyterian Church in Antrim town. Picture: Google Maps.