Larne man alleged to have told his partner he would ‘burn her property down and anybody who was in it’

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Coleraine Court

A man alleged to have told his partner he would “burn her property down and anybody who was in it” has been released on bail but barred from entering Larne.

Richard Campbell (30), of Latharna House, Larne, is accused of making a threat to damage property at Upper Waterloo Road in the town.

Arising out of an alleged incident on Saturday June 9, the defendant is also accused of assaulting his partner and causing criminal damage to her mobile phone.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday a police officer said she believed she could connect the accused to the charge.

Opposing bail the officer said there had been a “domestic incident”.

The officer said Campbell told the woman he would “burn her property down and anybody who was in it”.

The policewoman said the defendant denied causing injuries to the woman.

She said if the defendant was released on bail police were concerned he would not adhere to the conditions

Defence solicitor Andrew Kinney said it was acknowledged from the outset it was a difficult bail application to make.

He said Campbell’s father and friends were in court.

Mr Kinney said the alleged injured party could move to her mother’s house at Upper Waterloo Road and the defendant could go to his father’s address at Carson Street in Larne.

District Judge Liam McNally said: “I will not be allowing this man anywhere near where the injured party resides in Larne”.

Releasing the defendant on his own bail of £500 and a £750 surety he said any address approved by police would have to be over 20 miles from Larne.

The defendant is not allowed to have any contact with the woman and he is barred from entering Larne and has a 10pm-8am curfew.

The case was adjourned to Ballymena Magistrates Court on June 14.

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