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Machete man who made threats to kill is refused bail

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 02/06/2016

A man due to be sentenced for offences including possessing a machete and making threats to kill has been refused bail
A man due to be sentenced for offences including possessing a machete and making threats to kill has been refused bail

A man due to be sentenced for offences including possessing a machete and making threats to kill has been refused bail.

Tomas Daniel Foster was due to stand trial at Belfast Crown Court on four separate offences, including having the machete.

Despite initially denying the offences, after a new charge was added to the bill the 29-year-old changed his plea and admitted four offences. A more serious charge initially faced by the defendant was left on the books.

Foster, from Stewart Street in Belfast, admitted two counts of threatening to kill a man, and also of assaulting the same man, as well as possessing the machete with intent to commit an offence. All the offences occurred last July.

Yesterday, after defence barrister Kelly Doherty asked for pre-sentence reports for her client, Foster was informed by Judge Sandra Crawford that he will be sentenced next month.

Ms Doherty then made an application for bail, which the Crown objected to.

Prosecuting barrister Mark Farrell said bail was being opposed on several grounds - one of which was that two months after being granted bail in March, Foster breached one of his bail conditions by contacting a Crown witness via the Facebook Messenger service.

Telling Judge Crawford that following Foster's pleas "the presumption of innocence no longer applies", Mr Farrell said the defendant had already breached bail once and there were fears he would do so again if released.

Judge Crawford refused the application for release on bail.

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