Assault case ‘motivated by hostility’ - court told

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A CULLYBACKEY man has pleaded guilty to a crime which prosecutors say was “motivated by hostility”.

Kurt Graham (19), of Spence Crescent, has admitted five charges relating to an incident on October 22 last year.

He is charged with assaulting a male thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm; assaulting another person; assault on a police officer; being disorderly at Braidwater Retail Park and possession of cannabis.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday but full details have yet to be outlined.

Defence solicitor Connel Trainor said it was a “serious case”.

District Judge Peter King asked a prosecutor if they were suggesting the case was motivated by hostility and the reply was: “Yes, it is”.

The case has been adjourned until April for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.