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Child sex accused 'made death threat'

By John Cassidy

A man has gone on trial accused of threatening to kill a 14-year-old child he allegedly had sex with after meeting her at an Eleventh Night bonfire party.

Stephen Meneice (40), of Thompson House, Antrim Road, Belfast, is facing 10 charges dating back almost five years.

A jury at Belfast Crown Court heard Meneice denies seven counts of sex with a child under 16, two counts of sexual activity with a child and one charge of making threats to kill.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between July 11, 2012 and September 15, 2012.

Prosecution lawyer Kate McKay said the alleged offences came to light when the girl told her father about meeting Meneice.

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland heard that during her first interview with police, the alleged victim claimed she met Meneice at an Eleventh Night bonfire party and a "relationship developed between them".

At a subsequent interview, said Mrs McKay, she claimed that Meneice would "give her money and cigarettes" and that the first time they had sex was at his father's flat.

"She told police that the defendant knew she was 14 at the time as she had told him she was 14," the lawyer said.

The jury heard the pair had sex on six further occasions - at his father's flat or his mother's house while she was away.

Mrs McKay told the jury the victim told police that they kissed during the alleged relationship, and this related to the charges of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

On the charge of threats to kill, the prosecutor said: "She will say that he told what would happen to her if she told anyone about them - he would kill her.

"And she believed that might happen to her."

At hearing.

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