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Man carried out assault following a burglary and was then caught on way back to the scene with a meat cleaver

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A man who assaulted a person at a house in Coleraine which had been burgled then fled and stole a meat cleaver from a nearby shop before being stopped returning to the property by police.

Kelvin James Kane (24), of White Hall Crescent in Ballycastle, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Maghaberry Prison where he has been on remand.

He pleaded guilty to a number of charges including assaulting a man; receiving stolen goods including a TV remote; theft of a meat cleaver from B&M Bargains in Coleraine and possession of a meat cleaver as an offensive weapon at the Riverside Retail Park and was jailed for four months.

A charge of stealing two TVs, an iPad, a camera and £10 cash from the house was withdrawn.

A prosecutor said that in April last year a home was burgled and the defendant came to the property a short time later and assaulted a man.

Kane then fled and when a description was given to police and the PSNI was also contacted by B&M about the theft of the meat cleaver, officers detained the defendant.

The court was told police believed Kane was on the way back to the burgled house.

Defence barrister Thomas McKeever said the defendant was drunk at the time and had little recollection.

The court heard Kane claimed he had been the victim of an assault for which he needed stitches to the back of his head and he had stolen the meat cleaver “for his own protection”.

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