Man was burnt during kidnapping

Court news
Court news

Two men aged 23 and 25 have been charged with a number of offences including false imprisonment, attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and theft.

The charges follow an incident at a property in the Coleraine Road area of Portstewart during the early hours of Thursday March 12.

During the incident a 21-year-old male was held against his will for a number of hours.

During this time the male was assaulted, and sustained injuries including bruising and burn marks to his body.

It is understood the injured man was burned with an iron during the incident.

Two local men appeared before a special sitting of Ballymena Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.

They were Ryan Golligher (23) of Railway Road, Coleraine and 25-year-old Paul Liam Johnston of Coleraine Road, Portstewart.

Goligher is charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, theft, attempted grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment.

Johnston is charged with assault, theft and attempted grievous bodily harm.

Both men were remaneded in custody and will reappear again at North Antrim Magistrates’ Court on Monday, March 30.


Meanwhile, Police are investigating the theft of a donation box from a church in the Diamond area of Portstewart.

Inspector Tony Boyce said; “Someone broke into the metal collection box and took a small sum of cash. It is thought to have happened sometime between Monday, March 2 and Sunday, March 8.” Call police on the non-emergency number 101.