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Kill threat man 'mines for gold at home daily'

By Alan Erwin

A man convicted of threatening to kill a grandfather spends his time mining for gold at his home, the High Court heard.

Defence counsel argued that Patrick MacCarthy's daily excavation work amounted to mitigating circumstances in his bid to be released ahead of an appeal hearing.

Last week the 53-year-old was jailed for eight months over the incident at a Londonderry cafe.

MacCarthy, of Pump Street in the city, was said to have issued a threat to kill at the Bishop Street premises on March 19.

Prosecutor Conor Maguire said the victim had sponsored MacCarthy's bid to deal with issues.

Expressing concern at the defendant seeking release to live in the city centre, Mr Maguire stressed the victim was "wholly innocent" in the animosity.

MacCarthy's appeal against conviction and sentence is not due to be heard until January.

Nicola Rountree, defending, contended that he should be released on bail and said he had been mining for gold daily.

The bail application was adjourned for efforts to be made to find an alternative address.

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