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

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A Portrush man who told a woman: “I didn’t steal your daughter’s bike, I’m not a bike thief, I’m a murderer” has been jailed for two months.

Christopher McCrory (32), of Glendun Close, also made a crude threat that he would sexually assault the woman’s daughter.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday the defendant, who has over 130 convictions, admitted charges of assault and harassment.

A prosecutor said a woman was standing at the front door of her home in January this year when McCrory approached and placed his hands on her shoulders and “drove his head” towards her.

He made a remark about sexually assaulting the woman’s daughter and added: “I didn’t steal your daughter’s bike, I’m not a bike thief, I’m a murderer”.

The court heard McCrory also allegedly called her a “tout” in relation to reporting the bicycle theft and said she should “get out of here” or something would happen.
The prosecutor said the woman was “terrified” of McCrory as she was aware of his “criminal history”.

In February this year McCrory was standing across the street from the woman’s home making “hand gestures” and shouting at her, leaving her “shaken and distressed”.
The court heard McCrory originally denied the allegations and said it was “all lies”.

A defence solicitor said the assault was “not a headbutt” and there were no injuries reported but that McCrory placed his head against the woman and pushed forward.
During the February incident McCrory had been visiting a friend’s house, the lawyer said.

The court was told the woman has now moved out of Portrush.

District Judge Peter King told McCrory, who appeared at court via video link from Magilligan Prison, that if the assault had been an actual headbutt he would have jailed the defendant for up to six months.

As well as the two months sentence the judge also made a three year order banning McCrory from harassing the woman.

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