Man with Ahoghill address denies possessing hammer as offensive weapon 'with intent to commit rape'

Man with Ahoghill address denies possessing hammer as offensive weapon 'with intent to commit rape'

A MAN with an Ahoghill address denies charges including possessing a hammer as an offensive weapon 'with intent to commit rape'.

Kurt Graham (24), of Main Street, has also pleaded not guilty to possessing a hatchet and hammer with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and has also pleaded not guilty to causing criminal damage to a door relating to August this year.

The defendant appeared via video link from prison at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena (main picture), and the case was adjourned to October 19 to fix a date for a contest.

Meanwhile, the defendant has admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis between January 2016 and October 2019; and possessing cannabis and 'ammunition' - a '7.65 x 17mm/.32'' ACP calibre cartridge without holding a firearm certificate' - on October 18, 2019.

A prosecutor said police searched the defendant's address and found two grinders containing traces of cannabis and a notebook "containing names and figures".

There was also an ACP cartridge and Graham told police he had bought it from a stall at a market.

The prosecutor said evidence taken from a mobile phone showed the defendant had been offering 'G', which she said is slang for cannabis.

She said it was accepted the drug dealing had been "low level".

Defence barrister Connel Trainor said the defendant bought the "bullet" as an "ornament".

He said Graham was "not part of any criminal organised gang or connected to any paramilitary organisation".

Graham, who had a record, was given a three months prison sentence.