‘Demons’ blamed for wrecking spree on cars and houses

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“Demons” made a paranoid schizophrenic go on a wrecking spree of his neighbours’ cars and houses, a court was told on Saturday.

Appearing in the dock of Belfast Magistrates’ Court without legal representation, 36-year-old Kenneth Lawrence Elliott was charged with 15 counts of causing criminal damage to the windows of cars and houses belonging to his neighbours in the Graymount Drive area of Newtownabbey on February 19.

Elliott, from Graymount Drive, was also charged with cultivating cannabis and dishonestly obtaining a quantity of electricity.

Asked if he understood the charges, Elliott said “slightly – I don’t understand nothing [sic] about the last few days”.

A police officer told the court he knew the facts and circumstances surrounding the offences and that he believed he could connect the accused to them.

In objecting to bail, the officer revealed that after caution Elliott declared “it was the demons” who made him do it so police were fearful that further offences could be committed.

Solicitor Shane O’Neill said he had attended Elliott during police interviews but that since then, the paranoid schizophrenic had dispensed with his services though he was willing to represent him again if the court required his help.

During an exchange with District Judge Harry McKibbin, Elliott told the judge the “demons made him do it” and conceded he could not guarantee they would not make him do it again.

Refusing bail, Judge McKibbin remanded Elliott into custody to appear again via videolink on Friday.