It’s about the coachbuilder turned doorman who admitted a £52,000 extortion plot against people he threatened to kill.
Areth McGlinchey’s admission came during a Rooney hearing, where a judge gives an indication of the likely sentence a defendant will face if they confess guilt.
It was then that the 44-year-old admitted to all six charges against him in one day in September 2020.
They include blackmail by making a ‘with threats’ demand for £52,000, simple assault and death threats. One threatened to destroy a seaside restaurant in Portrush.
Although none of the facts surrounding the charges were heard in open court, it is clear from the details of the charges that McGlinchey, of Summer Meadows in Londonderry, demanded the huge sum, assaulted the restaurant owners, threatened to kill them and destroy their business. .
At Antrim Crown Court, the judge adjourned sentencing until the end of June and released McGlinchey on bail while probation completes a pre-sentence report.
It’s not his first time in the dock: In February 2021, McGlinchey pleaded guilty to 20 counts of possession with intent to supply various drugs, including Viagra and steroids.
McGlinchey had claimed that the 3,000 Viagra pills he was caught with were for his personal use. It was recovered when the Royal Mail depot in Derry spotted a suspicious package for McGlinchey.
Additionally, cops seized a notebook detailing his clients, their steroid dosages and strengths, and a phone with text messages, which further strengthened the case against him.
Imposing an 18-month prison sentence but suspending it for two years, the then judge said: “It would appear that the use of steroids is widespread in (bodybuilding) and although the defendant initially stated that all the substances were for his personal use, it soon became clear that this was not the case.