A shop, which is owned by the father of North Antrim MLA Paul Frew, was the scene of an attempted robbery on July 9th, fuelled by ‘drug habit’.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, a 25 year old, named as Cory McKergin of Queen Street in Ballymena, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court.
He has been charged with the attempted robbery of cash from the Vivo shop in Ballymena on July 19.
In court, a PSNI officer stated that they had received a report of an attempted robbery at the shop, were a suspect had entered the store and was ‘brandishing a wooden stick’ and ‘demanding money’ from the till.
The suspect in question was unsuccessful but after a description was given to the police, they proceeded to Mr McKergin address.
Mr McKergin has also been accused of handling stolen goods which police found during a search of his address. These goods are thought to have been taken during a separate incident from another other premises.
Mr McKergin’s case was adjourned to August and he was granted conditional bail.