Northern Ireland

Man appears in court over Elmgrove Primary School, Belfast, email threat

Laganside Courts Complex
Image caption Martyn James Price, 33, appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday

A 33-year-old man has appeared in court charged with threatening to kill children at Elmgrove Primary School in east Belfast.

Martyn James Price, of no fixed address, was charged with making threats to kill, misuse of telecommunications, criminal damage and possessing cannabis.

The school was closed on Friday after police said a "malicious" email threat had been received.

It is due to reopen on Monday.

The court heard Mr Price allegedly made the threat to kill via staff at an online gambling website on Thursday.

Giving evidence to the court on Saturday, a detective constable said she believed she could connect Mr Price, who had previous addresses at India Street and Rathmore Drive in Belfast, to the charges,

A defence solicitor said he was not applying for bail at this stage.

The district judge remanded Mr Price into custody to appear again via videolink on Friday, 30 January.

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