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Blackmail accused 'in meat cleaver threat'

A restaurant boss allegedly had a meat cleaver held to his throat and was told he would be chopped unless he came up with £20,000, the High Court heard.

Prosecutors also claimed telephone threats were made to kill him and his family if the money was not handed over.

The alleged intimidation and demands arose out of a financial dispute over the planned sale of another Chinese restaurant in Belfast, a judge was told.

Shu Xiong You (36), of Sloan Street, Lisburn, faces charges of blackmail, threats to kill, burglary and possession of an offensive weapon relating to the case.

He was granted bail but banned from entering Ballynahinch, Co Down, where he is alleged to have menaced the victim.

The court was told You had put down a £5,000 deposit to take over the lease on the south Belfast restaurant. But the business was later sold to someone else, and the accused's money was not returned to him because he had been late with other monthly payments, according to the prosecution.

It was claimed that You confronted the alleged victim at the restaurant where he worked.

You admits going to ask for his £5,000 back but denies making any threats.

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