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Belfast joiner threatened to 'stiff' ex-partner's dad, court told

The 30-year-old joiner faces charges of harassment and two counts of threats to kill.
The 30-year-old joiner faces charges of harassment and two counts of threats to kill.

A man allegedly threatened to "stiff" his ex-partner's father and end her life, a court heard today.

Michael Gerard Hardy is accused of sending a series of menacing messages which included a warning: "I'm going to hurt you, you have hurt me."

The 30-year-old joiner, of Alliance Avenue in Belfast, appeared before the city's Magistrates Court to face charges of harassment and two counts of threats to kill.

The alleged campaign involved sending emails to his former partner between January 1 and February 28 this year.

During the hearing a police constable disclosed details of the messages Hardy is accused of sending her following the end of their 10-year relationship.

The court heard one stated: "I have already thought about ending my life, but before I go you are going to feel how it is to lose your life."

In another he allegedly warned: "I'm going to do serious time, I'm going to end yours before I go. Trust me, it's happening."

It was claimed one of the threats related to the woman's father.

According to police she received a message informing her: "I'm going to stiff your da."

Opposing Hardy's release, the officer said: "We believe because of the escalation there's a risk to the public."

Defence solicitor Michael Madden stressed there was no allegation his client has made any physical contact.

He told the court the accused has had a difficulty with alcohol and does not recall sending any messages.

Refusing bail, District Judge Mark Hamill cited the seriousness of the alleged threats.

"This court declines to put these complainants at risk of their lives," he said.

Hardy was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link on April 1.

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