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Man allegedly 'threatened to kill wife and sick children if deported to the Republic'

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly threatened to kill his wife and their two sick young children if deported to the Republic of Ireland, the High Court heard today.

Warnings were issued to an immigration official, a doctor and police in Belfast, prosecutors claimed.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, faces three charges of making threats to kill.

During a bail application a judge was told of uncertainty surrounding the accused's real name and nationality.

It was alleged that he has provided aliases and may be from a number of countries, including Sierra Leone.

Charges were brought against him after he attended a meeting last month to discuss his potential removal to the Republic.

The man had previously lived there during a bid to obtain asylum.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said it was claimed that he told an official that if he was deported he would kill his partner and their children, aged two and one.

A meeting was arranged with a GP where he allegedly made similar remarks. Police were then told the same, the court heard.

Defence counsel argued that the remarks were made in the heat of the moment.

"His comments are that his children will die, in his view, if they are removed to the Republic of Ireland," the barrister said.

"The basis for these comments are the treatment he states he was subjected to when in the Republic of Ireland."

Both his children suffer from polio, the court heard.

Counsel added: "He instructs that his previous experience of spending time in the asylum system in Dublin is that he has real concerns about treatment afforded to them."

The judge ruled that he could not currently release the accused on the available information.

Adjourning the bail application, Mr Justice O'Hara ordered an assessment of the risk he poses to his wife and children.

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