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Tyrone man threatened wife with gun after she asked for a divorce, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A husband allegedly threatened his estranged partner with a shotgun after being told she wanted a divorce, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors claimed the woman pleaded for her life after arriving at her south Tyrone home last week to discover Atis Heinbergs (32) in wait.

Heinbergs is also accused of telling her he had hired a hitman, and installing tracking and spying devices on her car and computer. The defendant, a Latvian national, is charged with possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, threats to kill, and having a knife with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He also faces counts of aggravated burglary, unauthorised access to computer material, attempted criminal damage and common assault.

Adjourning his application for bail, a judge ordered a psychiatric report be prepared.

Crown lawyer Conor Maguire set out a series of alleged incidents between August 19 and 22.

In the first, Heinbergs, a mechanic with a current address at Tattynuckle Road in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh, is accused of holding a kitchen knife to his wife's stomach and telling her: "This is it, you have two choices - either take me back or we are both dead."

Heinbergs asked who she had been texting and pushed her on to a bed before producing a shotgun stored underneath, Mr Maguire claimed.

"He pointed the gun directly at her and said 'there's no going back, I told you you're dead'," the barrister said.

Mr Justice Deeney was told Heinbergs has accepted some of the offences, but denies making any threats to kill his wife. Defence counsel Michael Forde said Heinbergs realises his behaviour was inappropriate.

"This seems to be a man who has had an acute reaction to his wife informing him that she wants a divorce," he added.

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