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Man accused of having imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence to face Crown Court

He is also alleged to have made three threats to kill to a single female

A Bessbrook man accused of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence will face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

Court heard that the 37-year-old is also alleged to have made three threats to kill to a single female and to have threatened to damage tyres belonging to this same woman.

Martin Kenneth Havern, of Derrymore Road, appeared facing at total of eight charges at Newry Magistrates’ on Wednesday.

The accused is charged with two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, three counts of threats to kill, threats to damage property and two counts of harassment.

As the charges were read, it was heard that all of the alleged offences occurred between May 2 and June 6, of this year.

The defendant is accused of making three threats to kill to a single female on May 17 and June 6.

He is also alleged to have threatened to damage tyres belonging to this same woman on May 17 .

Havern is accused of being in possession of an imitation firearm, on May 17 and June 6.

The allegations of harassment relate to another male and female, with these allegedly occurring between May 2 and  June 1.

Appearing via videolink from Maghaberry, the defendant made no objection to the holding of a preliminary enquiry.

Prosecution submitted that based on the papers before the court there was a prima facie case to answer.

Defence barrister Patrick Taggart made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Eamonn King said that he was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer.

Havern was remanded in custody to appear before Newry Crown Court on December 3 for arraignment.

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