Northern Ireland

Enniskillen 'threat to kill' man refused bail

An Enniskillen man accused of assaulting and threatening to kill a woman and her two children while allegedly brandishing a knife has been refused bail.

Shane Quigley of Liscoole Park, Drumgallon Enniskillen, was charged following the alleged incidents on 15 August.

The judge at Omagh Magistrates Court told Mr Quigley's defence counsel that he could apply to the High Court.

He was remanded in custody.

A female police constable, opposing bail because of the seriousness of the charge, said that the alleged injured party was "in fear for her life".

She also said that one of the addresses which counsel for the defendant had given was unsuitable due to the proximity of the woman's mother-in-law's home.

The officer told the court that during an incident the defendant allegedly grabbed the woman around the neck and issued threats to kill.

Counsel for the defence, Niall Bogues told the court the defendant had no relevant previous record.

He said that the defendant had made no admissions and stressed that there was no evidence that the defendant would not observe any bail terms that the court saw fit to impose.

Refusing bail, district judge Benita Boyd said: "The court thinks there is a real and substantial risk of offending and interfering with witnesses if the defendant was released on bail."

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear at Enniskillen Magistrates Court in September.