Published Wednesday, 10 October 2012
A number of incidents have been reported since June. (© UTV)
Prosecutors revealed 26 incidents in the last four months are being linked to a dispute between the Ulster Volunteer Force and Loyalist Volunteer Force.
Details emerged as a man accused of smashing up a woman's car and trying to menace her was refused bail to return to the town.
Raymond Coburn, 31, of Woodgreen, Antrim faces charges of criminal damage and attempted intimidation.
During the summer he had been released to live with his grandfather in Ballymena. But in August he revoked his own bail amid claims of a threat from the UVF.
The court heard members of the paramilitary organisation warned him that his grandfather's house would be burned down if he did not leave. Coburn's application to be allowed back to Antrim was opposed due to continued tensions.
Fiona O'Kane, prosecuting, said: "As a consequence of this ongoing feud that has arisen between the UVF and LVF in the area since June 26 there have been 26 incidents reported to police involving criminal elements aligned to these two faction."
Although most of them were said to be in the Ballycraigy estate, others occurred in the town itself.
Mrs O'Kane added: "They involved threats to kill, criminal damage, assaults and the discharge of firearms at occupied homes in the Ballycraigy area."
Several guns have been seized in follow-up searches, the court was told.
Coburn is only charged in relation to an attack on a Vauxhall Astra car on 26 July.
His barrister, Michael Boyd, argued that his client is only alleged to have played "a peripheral role" in driving another suspect to the scene.
Mr Boyd claimed it was unfair to refer to "a plethora" of other incidents for which Coburn is not accused.
He added that his client was seeking to live with his father in the Steeple area of Antrim and could be banned from entering Ballycraigy.
The judge asked whether similar alleged intimidation could be directed at him there.
Mr Boyd replied: "I'm not an expert in these matters but as I understand it the UVF presence in that estate is nothing like their presence for example where he was living in Ballymena.
"There's clearly (also) a significant presence of UVF members in the Ballycraigy estate."
However, Mr Justice Horner refused to grant bail at this stage.
He said: "If I'm advised this feud is no longer ongoing I think a different view can be taken, but at the minute the advice is that there is an ongoing feud."
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