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Accused texted death threats to ex, court told

A man sent menacing texts to his teenage ex-girlfriend threatening to slit her throat and claiming she needed to be shot, the High Court has heard.

Ryan O'Hara also stated in a message that she belonged “six feet under”, a prosecution lawyer alleged.

O'Hara (19), of Dunavon Park, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, faces charges of threats to kill and harassment.

He was granted bail but banned from contacting the 17-year-old alleged victim or having a mobile phone.

A Crown lawyer said O'Hara was arrested in February after he was accused of sending a series of texts to the girl. The barrister said one message referred to her as “a dirty touting b who needed to be shot”.

O'Hara was interviewed and admitted the harassment offence but denied any threat to kill, the court heard.

According to the prosecution, his behaviour had been ongoing since his relationship with the girl finished.

“The level of animosity has been rising, causing her to fear for her safety,” the barrister said.

Despite being granted bail, it was claimed he sent further messages, using someone else's phone.

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