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Belfast man allegedly threatened to burn ex-partner and her family


Jordon Potts appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court

Jordon Potts appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court

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Jordon Potts appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court

A Belfast man allegedly threatened to "annihilate" his ex-partner and burn her family "to the ground", a court heard today.

Jordon Potts is also accused of forcing open a front door at her home, breaking a bed and cutting internet cables.

The 27-year-old, currently of no fixed abode, was granted bail but banned from entering Woodvale Street where the woman lives.

Potts appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with threats to kill and three counts of criminal damage.

The alleged offences were committed during incidents between May 8-13.

Opposing his release, a police office said the woman arrived home to discover her front door forced open and internet leads cut.

Up to £300 worth of damage to a bed was allegedly caused during one of the incidents, the court heard.

"He made threats that he would annihilate her," the officer claimed.

"He also threatened to burn her to the ground - her, her family, her kids and everyone that belongs to her."

Defence solicitor Shane O'Neill said Potts had lived at the house before his relationship with the woman ended.

He stressed how the charges against his client do not involve any claims of violence.

"He denies the allegations and says its a case of sour grapes," Mr O'Neill added.

With potential accommodation at a relative's house available, District Judge Nigel Broderick agreed to grant bail on conditions.

Ordering Potts to keep out of Woodvale Street, he also imposed a curfew, electronic tagging and an alcohol ban.

The accused is due to appear back in court in a week's time.

Belfast Telegraph