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Two in court over attempted abduction of teen girls

The men appeared in court in Antrim over the alleged attempted abduction of two girls in Harryville. Credit: UTV

Two men have appeared in court accused of trying to abduct two teenage girls in the Harryville area of Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Liviu Caprean, 39 and from Kinhilt Street in Ballymena, and 45-year-old Florin Boras, from Queen Street in Ballymena, appeared before Antrim Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Both men are charged with two counts of attempted abduction.

A detective constable told the court he believed he could connect the accused to the charges.

No details of the case were put forward, but it is understood the allegations arise out of an approach to two girls in Harryville on Sunday.

Under cross examination from a defence lawyer, the police officer agreed “there would be some hostility in the Ballymena community” towards the men.

The officer told District Judge Nigel Broderick he had consulted with the defendants and “advised them that there would be concerns for their own safety” if they were to be released to the area.

The defence lawyer said that a potentially suitable bail address was “the first hurdle” for any application for their release, but that he was not applying for bail at this stage.

The lawyer further said that, in the meantime, his solicitor would “endeavour to obtain addresses that may well be suitable to police”, but he conceded that there may be other objections to bail.

Judge Broderick remanded both men into custody until 30 May, when they are due to appear at Ballymena Court via video link.