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Ballymena man sentenced for blackmail

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A 22-year-old man has been sentenced for blackmail at Antrim Crown Court today, Tuesday 25th June.

Reece Carley, from the Ballymena area was sentenced to 28 months in total, 14 of which to be served in custody and 14 to be served on license. A 5 year restraining order was also granted in respect to the victim.

Detective Inspector Crothers said: “The sentence passed down today to Mr Carley relates to his role in blackmailing a man in the Cullybackey area between July and October 2023.

“These ongoing threats left the victim intimidated and extremely concerned for his own personal safety, as well as for the safety of his family.

“It was a distressing ordeal for the man involved and I hope today’s sentencing provides some reassurance to him and to the public.

“I’m keen to take the opportunity to encourage anyone else who may be the victim of blackmail to contact police on 101 or a report can be submitted online at”    



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