Woman ‘left voicemail threatening to shoot her sister unless she dropped court case’

A woman left a voice message on her sister’s phone that if she didn’t drop a court case she would be shot, a court heard.

Brenda McEldowney, whose age was only listed on the charge sheets as ‘Over 21’, had lived at Tirkane Road at Slaughtneil near Maghera and then was bailed to Drumkill Gardens, Kilrea.

She had originally been charged with breaching a Non-Molestation Order on June 22 and had pleaded guilty to that charge.

She was bailed to Kilrea with a ban from entering the Maghera area; was to have no contact with her sister and was banned from being intoxicated in public.

Then, in relation to July 20, the defendant was charged with a further breach of the Non-Molestation Order and making a threat to kill.

A police officer told Coleraine Magistrates Court that on Saturday July 20 police received a report from a woman that her sister, the defendant, had breached a Non-Molestation Order by contacting her and threatening violence.

Police were able to listen to a voicemail which said: “Get that f**king court case dropped or you will be shot”.

The defence solicitor said the defendant made admissions in a police interview that she made the phone call.

He said the two sisters had lived close to each other but the defendant was then bailed to Kilrea and the phone call was made from there.

The lawyer said there was a limited likelihood that the defendant, whom he said was an alcoholic, would have been able to “progress” the shooting threat.

District Judge Liam McNally said it was a very serious matter that the defendant had attempted to get her sister to withdraw a previous charge.

He released McEldowney on continuing bail but warned her that if she contacted her sister again “in any shape or form” she would go “straight to custody”.

The case was adjourned to Magherafelt Magistrates Court on August 7.

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