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Carnlough church incident: Man further remanded in custody after priest allegedly threatened with a knife

By Nevin Farrell

A man has been further remanded in custody after allegedly threatening a priest with a knife following Mass at a Catholic church in Carnlough, Co Antrim, on Sunday.

Seamus Peter Murdock (41), whose address was given as Whitehill Road, Carnlough, appeared via video link from Maghaberry prison at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He is charged with possessing an offensive weapon, a knife, with intent to commit murder and threatening to kill. He is also charged with possessing a knife in a public place, Whitehill Road.

No further details of the actual alleged incident were given in court but 'Dermot McKay' was named in the threat to kill charge. Fr Dermot McKay is the Parish Priest in Carnlough.

Earlier this week it was reported in the media an alleged incident happened at St John the Evangelist Church at Carnlough seafront on Sunday after Mass. Fr McKay also confirmed in a newspaper he had been caught up in the incident.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Court on Thursday that Murdock had first appeared at a special sitting of the same court on May Day, where he had been remanded in custody.

The lawyer said a full file has been requested by prosecutors.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said while the file is being progressed it is intended that the accused will be "assessed by a medical professional in light of the nature of the charges".

No application was made for bail and the case was adjourned until June when the accused will appear back at the same court via video link from prison.

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