Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Man remanded over US death threats

A British man is accused of posting threats against Americans on Facebook

A 24-year-old British man has been remanded in custody by magistrates after he was charged with threatening to kill 200 US schoolchildren.

Reece Elliott appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court for a 30-minute hearing where he also faced a charge of making a malicious communication.

Threatening posts made on a memorial page for a girl who was killed in a Tennessee road accident led to thousands of children being kept off school in the Warren County area of the state on Thursday.

Elliott, of Shrewsbury Terrace, South Tyneside, did not enter pleas to the charges.

Kevin Smallcombe, defending, said Elliott has no passport and no desire to visit Warren County.

Jim Lynch, chairman of the bench, said he would be remanded into custody.

Elliott will next appear before South Tyneside magistrates at 10am on Wednesday.

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