Man denies charges after being accused of stealing one-metre-long hatchet from his grandfather and smashing his way in to aunt's home in Randalstown

Man denies charges after being accused of stealing one-metre-long hatchet from his grandfather and smashing his way in to aunt's home in Randalstown

A MAN accused of stealing a one-metre-long hatchet from his grandfather's shed before allegedly smashing his way in to his aunt's home in Randalstown, denies the charges.

Details emerged at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

Tony McNally (23), with an address listed as Curran Road in Larne, is charged in relation to July 4 this year.

He appeared via video link from prison.

The defendant is charged with possessing a hatchet as an offensive weapon; assaulting his aunt; and causing criminal damage to his grandfather's gate and to his aunt's back door and windows.

The court heard the defendant is in prison, on remand.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said the defendant is pleading not guilty.

The case was adjourned to September 21.