Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Man threatened to kill his sister, Belfast court is told

A Northern Ireland man tried to set fire to his sister's car a day after he took it without her permission, the High Court has heard.

Francis Skillen is also alleged to have sent text messages threatening to kill her, prosecutors said yesterday.

The 39-year-old, with an address at Convention Court in Belfast, was granted bail but banned from going near where his sister lives.

He faces charges including taking a motor vehicle without authority, threats to kill, attempted arson and criminal damage. All of the alleged offences were committed between September 7-9, the court heard.

A Crown lawyer said Mr Skillen was first arrested after his sister reported her Vauxhall was missing. He was then released on police bail on condition that he would make no contact with her. But a day later a window on the car was smashed and charred papers found inside.

The court heard an attempt had been made to set it alight.

Mr Skillen's sister later told police she had received three text messages from his mobile phone, two of which were described as threatening.

Mr Justice McLaughlin imposed an alcohol ban on him, ordered him to live with his father in Ballysillan and banned him from going south of the River Lagan in the Belfast area.

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