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Belfast man Kevin Corbett accused of witness intimidation refused bail

A Belfast man allegedly threatened his partner's daughter that she would "get seen" for making a false imprisonment complaint, a court heard today.

Kevin Corbett made a series of phone calls to her in a bid to obstruct an investigation into the Boxing Day incident, it was claimed.

The 22-year defendant, of Cliftonville Avenue in the city, is charged with attempted witness intimidation.

He was refused bail amid police objections to him being released from custody.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the alleged victim had made complaints about false imprisonment and theft.

A PSNI officer said she received a number of phone calls after the incident was reported.

In one the caller allegedly stated: "You're going to get seen, wee girl."

"The injured party says she was terrified and won't leave her home for fear of being attacked," the officer added.

District Judge Bernadette Kelly was told the complainant is the daughter of Corbett's partner.

She had wrongly complained about cigarettes being stolen on December 26, a defence solicitor argued.

The lawyer added: "He didn't intimidate her - he said he phoned her to say 'You need to retract the lies you told police the day before.

"To say there are triable issues (in this case) is a complete understatement."

Denying bail, however, Judge Kelly said: "It's a serious charge, an attempt to interfere with the course of public justice."

Corbett was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link on January 5.

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