'Vigilante thug' is accused of having hatchet and hammer as offensive weapons in Ahoghill

'Vigilante thug' is accused of having hatchet and hammer as offensive weapons in Ahoghill

A MAN with an Ahoghill address described as a "vigilante thug" is accused of carrying a hatchet and hammer whilst allegedly shouting "obscenities about raping" a woman.

Kurt Graham (24), of Main Street in the village, is charged with possessing a hatchet and hammer as offensive weapons with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and causing criminal damage to a door.

The defendant appeared from custody via a video link at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, on Tuesday.

A police officer said she believed she could connect the defendant to the charges and opposed bail.

The policewoman said a man contacted the PSNI saying Graham had been outside the door of his property between 3am and 3.30am on Sunday August 22 "armed with a hammer and a hatchet".

It was alleged the defendant had been "shouting obscenities about raping" a woman.

Marks were left on a door, the court was told.

Graham told police he admitted "running at" the door with a hatchet causing a mark but denied causing damage shown on a photo, saying that was previously there.

The prosecutor said the defendant denied having a hammer.

The court heard the defendant was "friendly" with a resident and allegedly "had been protecting him for around six months due to him owing 'drug money'."

The officer said a female resident from an apartment block had gone to Graham's address regarding "noise coming from the injured party's address".

The defendant had gone to the address to "warn him about his behaviour" but denied his intent was to cause any harm and he had only intended to "scare" him.

The court heard Graham had 37 previous offences including possession of an offensive weapon and the officer objected to bail saying there was a risk of re-offending.

Defence barrister Connel Trainor said Graham is on medications for mental health, anxiety and "some hallucinations".

He said the defendant has alcohol issues.

Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne said on the basis of the facts before the court the defendant presents as "being a vigilante thug" and has an "appalling record".

He said the prospect of further offences being committed was "far too high" and refused bail.  The case was adjourned to August 31.

  • Main picture: Kurt Graham.