Polish man on kidnap and poisoning charges
A Polish national has appeared in court accused of kidnapping and poisoning two other eastern Europeans.
Mieczyslaw Krepacki (26), from Chapel Hill Mews in Lisburn, Co Antrim, faces a string of charges including unlawfully and maliciously administering poison, possession of a Taser and false imprisonment.
Krepacki is further accused of possessing a baton and of carrying his alleged victims away by fraud or force and assault.
Remanding the defendant into custody, District Judge Mervyn Bates told Craigavon Magistrates Court the case was "very serious".
The offences in question are alleged to have been carried out over three dates in November in the Lisburn area. A PSNI detective constable told the court he believed he could connect the accused to the charges detailed in court.
Speaking through an interpreter, the defendant confirmed that he understood the accusations against him.
Blond-haired Krepacki stood in the dock dressed in a light grey tracksuit with his hands clasped together.
The defendant appeared relaxed throughout the brief hearing.
Defence solicitor Joe Magee told the court he would not be making an application for bail at this stage.
The judge told Krepacki: "You are remanded to appear via video-link at Lisburn on December 7."
The case was adjourned for the later hearing.