A man accused of threatening to kill a neighbour who sent him a letter telling him to keep noise down has been refused bail. Steven Dean Patrick McCloskey (27), with different addresses listed in Ballymena, Ballymoney and Coleraine, is alleged to have committed the offence on March 13 this year in Ballymoney.
The defendant appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday May 21 seeking bail. A police officer told the court that on March 13 McCloskey was banging and shouting at a neighbour’s front door after the neighbour had sent a letter asking him to keep noise down.
The detective constable said McCloskey allegedly threatened to kill the neighbour saying: “You are a dead man for sending me that letter”. Police found McCloskey had a pair of scissors hid in his jacket.
The officer said the defendant said he was using them to wrap a present for his niece.
The defendant became extremely aggressive and kicked an officer on the leg and during an interview he denied receiving a letter and denied being anywhere near the neighbour. The defendant said he became agitated with police because he was not allowed to have a cigarette. Arising out of the alleged incident, McCloskey was charged with making a threat to kill; making a threat to damage a car; attempted criminal damage to a police car; possessing an article with a blade/point – scissors – in a public area without good reason; attempted burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, assault on police and resisting police.
McCloskey was also charged with possessing cannabis and Alprazolam on May 20, 2017.
Police forced their way into his flat and found him unconscious and unresponsive on the sofa and called an ambulance. Drugs were allegedly found, said the officer.
Meanwhile, the defendant was charged with possessing a knife at Coleraine Railway Station, having Diazepam and causing criminal damage to a police vehicle on March 12 this year.
The officer said police responded to a report there was a man on a train with a black-handled knife, with a seven-inch blade, up his sleeve. Police found 60 blue coloured tablets in his coat and when arrested the defendant became verbally abusive and threatened to spit in the faces of officers.
He allegedly then did spit in a police vehicle which cost £75 to clean, the detective told the court. Bail was refused by District Judge Benita Boyd and the case was adjourned until June 18.
The addresses listed for McCloskey included the Linenhall Street, Ballymena; Rosemary Place in Coleraine and Belford Park, Ballymoney.