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Brother of dead man 'harassed ex-lover'

BY IVAN LITTLE

A man harassed his late brother's girlfriend for 10 months because he held her responsible "in some way" for his sibling's suicide.

Wayne McComb (24), of Glenalina Park, Belfast, was refused bail on charges of threatening to kill the woman, harassing her, causing criminal damage to her car and having an offensive weapon, a knife. The offences are alleged to have happened four days ago in Whiterock Parade.

A prosecution lawyer said that as well as his feelings about the suicide, McComb also appeared to be upset the woman had formed a relationship with another man after his brother's death.

A lawyer for McComb said he suffered a great deal after the suicide of his brother, a promising boxer, and the death of their father a short time later.

He also said McComb had been caught up as a young man in the Ballymurphy feud, which started in February 2006.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Treacy said McComb's campaign against his brother's ex-girlfriend must have been terrifying for her and appeared to be based on misplaced and misogynistic reasons.

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