31/08/2007

County Antrim Man Jailed For Seven Years

A County Antrim man has been jailed for seven years for crimes including an assault on a 58-year-old woman.

Richard Alexander McPhee, 39, from Station Road in Armoy beat the woman with a baseball bat and was also part of a gang of three masked men who smashed their way into a couple’s home.

Almost every room in the house was wrecked and the couple were told they had ’24 hours to get out’.

Almost £13,000 damages were caused to the property during the 2005 incident in Mosside, Ballymoney.

The Belfast Recorder’s Court heard how Mr McPhee was arrested after his DNA was found on the inside of a balaclava.

Mr McPhee later pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated burglary, intimidation, inflicting actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

(SB/SP)

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