Northern Ireland

Lorry driver accused of damaging a car in Newtownabbey

Laganside Courthouse Belfast
Image caption Nigel Kershaw is charged with damaging a BMW 5 Series car

A Dutch-based lorry driver has appeared in court accused of being armed with a baseball bat and damaging a car in County Antrim.

Nigel Kershaw, 47, of Van Coothplein in Breda, the Netherlands, was arrested following an incident at Pembrooke Mews, Newtownabbey, on Sunday.

He is charged with damaging a BMW 5 Series car.

He faces further counts of assault and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a baseball bat.

No details of the incident were disclosed as he appeared in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

The judge was told that Mr Kershaw works for a haulage firm in County Meath and travels to Northern Ireland regularly.

His mother lives in the same street where the alleged offences occurred.

The judge agreed to release Mr Kershaw on bail, but banned him from contacting any witnesses or entering Pembrooke Mews.

He ordered the accused to return to court next week, and said: "If you do not appear, a warrant will be issued for your arrest which may well be executed at a most inconvenient time.

"If you're carrying a load of perishable goods, your employer will not be impressed by that."

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