Man on van robbery charge breached bail

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A man facing a cash-in-transit robbery charge claimed he breached a bail curfew because he missed a train after being delayed by a ‘Mini-Twelfth’ parade.

Jason Ian Kennedy (26), whose address was previously as in The Heights area of Coleraine but is now in Antrim town, is charged with stealing £9,251.73 and having a firearm or imitation firearm on July 18 last year.

The charges relate to a cash-in-transit armed robbery in Coleraine in which money was stolen when a ‘gun’ was allegedly placed against the back of a guard’s leg at B&M in the Riverside Retail Park.

The accused appeared in the dock, from custody, at Coleraine Magistrates Court because he had breached his bail.

A prosecutor told the short hearing she had no objections to Kennedy being admitted to bail again.

Defence solicitor John Murphy said that the defendant’s breach of a bail curfew was accepted.

He said his client had gone to Belfast and had a return train ticket to go back to Antrim but because of a ‘Mini-Twelfth’ parade he missed the train and then made it known to a police officer he was in breach of his curfew.

Kennedy, who was wearing a Manchester United football jersey in the dock, had his case sent to Antrim Crown Court for arraignment on September 19.

* A Portrush woman has pleaded guilty to offences including being disorderly in Portstewart and assaulting and resisting police officers, a court has heard.

Megan McLaughlin (27), of Primrose Drive, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on last Monday in relation to an incident on May 28 this year.

Her case has been adjourned to July 18 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.