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Portrush man allegedly told woman: ‘I’m not a bike thief, I’m a murderer’

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BT Coleraine

A Portrush man allegedly told a woman: “I didn’t steal your daughter’s bike, I’m not a bike thief, I’m a murderer”.

Christopher McCrory (32), of Glendun Close, is also accused of making a crude threat that he would sexually assault the woman’s daughter whilst adding “you better not tell anybody”.

The allegations were outlined to Coleraine Magistrates Court where the defendant, who has over 130 convictions, was refused bail.

McCrory is charged with harassment and common assault.

A police officer, who opposed bail, said the woman said she was standing smoking at her front door when McCrory approached her.

The court heard McCrory also allegedly called her a “tout” and said she should “get out of here before something serious happens”.

The police officer said the alleged injured party was “terrified” of McCrory.

The court was told that after the alleged incidents the defendant had been released on bail with a condition not to have any contact with the woman but on February 3 he was accused of standing across the street making “hand gestures” and shouting at her, leaving her “shaken and distressed”.

The court heard McCrory denied the allegations and said it was “all lies”.

The court was also told that a police sergeant heard McCrory on the phone in a police station on February 3 asking someone to go to the woman’s house and “sort it out” and that he was “not going to jail for her”.

From the dock the defendant alleged that was “lies”.

A defence solicitor said the allegation of assault was only made several weeks after the event and there was no evidence of any injury.

Refusing bail, Deputy District Judge Peter Magill said the evidence from the alleged injured party was that McCrory was “continuing a campaign of intimidation”.
The judge said it was believed the defendant was trying to get the woman to withdraw a statement and he added: “If proven, that cuts to the very foundation of the legal system”.

As he was remanded into custody, McCrory said: “F**king joke, this place”.

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