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Kill threat Lisburn man appears in court accused of threatening to 'execute' police officer

James McVeigh allegedly threatened to “execute” the prison officer and “slit his throat”

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Lisburn man James McVeigh who has been charged with threatening to kill a prison officer

Lisburn man James McVeigh who has been charged with threatening to kill a prison officer

Lisburn man James McVeigh who has been charged with threatening to kill a prison officer

A Lisburn man appeared in court on Monday accused of threatening to “execute” a prison officer.

Appearing at Lisburn Magistrates Court by videolink from Maghaberry prison, 31-year-old James McVeigh was charged with making a threat to kill on 11 October 2019 intending that his victim would fear he would carry it out.

Previous courts heard claims that McVeigh, originally from Ward Avenue in the city, threatened to “execute” the prison officer and that he would “slit his throat.”

During a brief Preliminary Enquiry, the legal process necessary to elevate any case to the Crown court, a prosecuting lawyer submitted there was a Prima Facie case against McVeigh, a submission conceded by defence counsel.

Although he had an opportunity to comment on the charge and to give evidence to the PE, McVeigh declined to do so and remanding him back into custody, Dep. District Judge Chris Holmes returned the case to Craigavon Crown Court and scheduled the arraignment on 7 April.

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