Portrush man who claimed he was poisoned attempted to ‘scoop up’ his own vomit for forensic testing

A Portrush man who claimed he was poisoned attempted to “scoop up” his vomit for forensic testing, a court has heard.

Robert McCamley (35), of Glenshesk Park, was so unwell he had to be hospitalised and was vomiting in the back of a police van.

Coleraine Magistrates Court heard a defence lawyer say the defendant had told police he was so concerned that he had been poisoned he “tried to scoop up his own vomit so it could be forensically tested”.

McCamley faces a number of charges including being disorderly at Causeway Hospital in Coleraine and damaging a police cell van on December 9 last year.

On the same date he is also accused of assaulting a female.

Meanwhile, McCamley faces other charges relating to last August.

He is accused of telling a wheelchair-user to “hand over the TV or get shot”.

He is charged with blackmail and burglary of a dwelling at Glenbush Drive in Portrush when a TV, mobile phone and £25 in cash were stolen.

McCamley appeared at court via video link from prison where he has been on remand and bail was objected to by police and the Public Prosecution Service.

Refusing bail, District Judge Peter King said the defendant had 117 previous convictions.

The judge said McCamley also had an “extremely poor bail history” and feared there was a real risk of re-offending if the defendant was released.

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