A jilted husband accused of threatening to kill himself and his two sons wrote a letter to be read after he planned to act, it was claimed in the High Court.
Prosecutors said the note was discovered following earlier warnings the Co Antrim businessman — who cannot be named to protect his children's identities — made to his wife.
It was claimed he phoned her |at work and threatened to kill himself and their boys after learning she planned to leave him for another man.
According to the Crown, the accused also produced a knife and told her she would be dead.
He faces two counts of threats to kill and a charge of aggravated assault over two other alleged incidents. He denies all the offences.
Although refused bail last week, his lawyers returned to court with a medical report and references in a bid to secure his release.
Defence counsel Richard |McConkey claimed the letter |subsequently discovered had been written on the night the couple split. “His mood was inevitably low,” the barrister said.
Mr McConkey also stressed his client was being held in custody at Maghaberry Prison with those he would not normally associate with.
“He has nothing in common with these people,” he added.
Refusing to release the accused, Mr Justice Gillen asked: “What on earth would the public say if I was to grant this man bail and he were to fulfil this threat?”