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Crossgar man who allegedly threatened to kill neighbours cannot return to his home


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A Co Down man who allegedly used hate speech during threats to kill neighbours cannot return to his home, a High Court judge ruled today.

Norman Lavery was refused permission to go back to the scene of the outbursts which led to him being punched to the head.

The 36-year-old, of Everogue Lane in Crossgar, was arrested after police were called to the area in the early hours of October 30.

Prosecution counsel Sarah Minford claimed he had been out in the street shouting at one man: "I'm going to f****** kill you."

Despite being ushered into his own home, Lavery allegedly emerged again to continue swearing aggressively.

The court heard he threatened to knock out his neighbour, branding him a "lanky b******".

Lavery then directed further threats at a second man, according to the prosecution.

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Ms Minford contended that he told him: "You're dead, you wee Polish b******."

A man responded to those remarks, however, by climbing out his front window and punching Lavery.

When detained the defendant apologised for anything he had shouted, insisting he was not racist.

Lavery is currently on bail to another address, charged with disorderly behaviour and two counts of making threats to kill.

The prosecutor argued: "One of the threats made was motivated by hate speech."

Opposing his bid to be allowed back home, she stressed the alleged victims live just metres away.

Defence counsel Conan Rea acknowledged the "robust" reaction to any comments his client made at the scene.

"The neighbour exited through the window and delivered a physical response to what was said," Mr Rea told the court.

Despite issues over Lavery's current living arrangements, Mr Justice Scoffield denied the application to move back to Everogue Lane.

Citing the prosecution case, he said: "There were actual threats to kill, in quite strong terms."

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