| 16.6°C Dublin

'Vile and despicable' Thug who threatened to rape and murder woman tried to buy cannabis online

A brave female employee had prevented him from leaving the store after he'd coughed on her twice, during Covid restrictions and she called the police as the bearded bully continued to shower her with abuse.

Close

Vile: Convict Michael Wray

Vile: Convict Michael Wray

Vile: Convict Michael Wray

A thug who said he'd 'rape and murder' a shop worker and then threatened this paper for exposing him has been convicted of drug charges.

Michael Wray, of Sunningdale Park, Ballymena was done for possessing cannabis but for also "attempting to possess" 35 grams of the same drug.

The court was told Wray - known as 'Mad Mick' in the Bible belt town - had tried to buy the drugs over the internet but the drugs were intercepted by Royal Mail.

That happened last September but he was caught again with a small amount of cannabis in January this year.

He had pleaded guilty to both charges as a previous hearing and a defence solicitor told the court the drugs were for personal use.

Judge Nigel Broderick gave Wray - who is already serving a whopping 240-hour Community Service Order (CSO) from a previous offence - a year on probation and ordered the drugs be destroyed.

Last November the Sunday World revealed how Wray, who's 27-years-old now, had been guilty of a shocking incident at a Homebase store in Antrim.

A brave female employee had prevented him from leaving the store after he'd coughed on her twice, during Covid restrictions and she called the police as the bearded bully continued to shower her with abuse.

The thug said to her: "Do you know who I am? I know your face, I'm going to rape and murder you."

The woman said she was "frightened and distressed" and during the original sentence hearing Judge Broderick described his threats as "vile and despicable".

Despite pleading guilty to making threats to kill and common assault Wray had his original four-month jail sentence overturned on appeal and instead will have 12 months to complete his 240 hours of community service.

We then discovered he had previous for violence towards women - he was convicted of smashing a door lock with a tin of bins to stop an ex-girlfriend from leaving the house.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

We confronted him at his home just after he successfully appealed his jail sentence and had it reduced to a CSO and he was perfectly polite.

The cocky coward - who admitted in court he has "anger issues" - grinned when we told him we wanted to speak to him about his convictions.

He politely said he didn't want to speak to the paper but when pushed he said: "I regret what happened, I don't know what I was thinking. I just want to get on with my life now."

But Wray was much less polite after our story appeared on the internet and one of his mates tagged him in it!

Minutes later he sent us a private message.

The full message read: "F**k your scummy paper coming onto my dead mothers property yous are lucky I didn't empty the f**king journalist there and then and leave him lying like the heap a sh*te he is...come near my house again and I'll make sure yous don't leave next time!!"

We had gone to see him at his Sunningdale Park home because that's the address he was listed as living at when he appeared in court.

In October 2018 Wray pleaded guilty to offences of attempted criminal damage and resisting police.

He had originally also been charged with false imprisonment of his girlfriend; making threats to kill her father; making threats to damage her father's property and common assault on another woman but they were withdrawn by prosecutors.

The court was told Wray had attempted to damage a lock with a tin of baked beans so the injured party couldn't leave during an incident in April 201.

The thug had been verbally abusive when arrested and lashed out at officers.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Top Videos





Privacy