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Court told of death threat to raid victim

A businessman was warned “his head would be blown off his shoulders” unless he withdrew claims about being robbed, the High Court has heard.

A judge was told he later made a short statement withdrawing his complaint. Details emerged as bail was refused to a man accused of involvement in a £3,000 raid on his premises.

Dickson Reid (53), of Hyndford Street, Belfast, faces charges of robbery and taking a motor vehicle without authority.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said the suspects went into the man's Co Down premises and seized three bundles of £1,000 in cash.

Reid was stopped in a Toyota with two other men a short time later, the court heard. The money was recovered from the vehicle.

It was alleged the victim was approached in October and instructed to take back his statement.

Mr Maguire said: “He was told if he didn't do this his head would be blown off his shoulders.”

There was no suggestion that Reid was involved in the alleged threat, with the height of the prosecution case being his role as driver of the car, a defence lawyer said.

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