Man who was last week jailed for role in Larne feud now has had threat to kill charge withdrawn

Ballymena Court

A Larne man who was given a custodial sentence for an arson as part of a ‘feud’ in the town has now had a threat to kill charge withdrawn by prosecutors.

The development regarding Stephen Paul Lynch (35) came at Ballymena Magistrates Court on June 14.

He had been charged with making a threat to kill Aislinn Hassin on March 20 this year.

At a previous court, defence barrister Neil Moore had said: “This is the alleged threat to kill on Mr James Hassin’s wife”.

At Antrim Crown Court on Friday June 8, Lynch had been given a sentence of three years, eight months of which he has to serve in custody and the other two years and four months are on licence.

In that case he had pleaded guilty to a charge of damaging by fire, a Peugeot 206 car and a house at Killyglen Road, Larne, on April 23, 2017, being reckless as to whether lives would be endangered.

He also pleaded guilty to attempting to obstruct police on the same date.

Arising out of the same incident the defendant had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of arson endangering life with intent; intimidation and making threats to kill and at the Crown Court those three charges were ‘left on the books’ by prosecutors.

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