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Belfast man in court accused of sending letter to David Cameron with threat to burn down a mosque

By Alan Erwin

A Belfast man appeared in court today accused of sending a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron which included a threat to burn down a mosque.

Brian Brown is alleged to have posted the menacing message to Downing Street last month.

The 51-year-old denies a charge of sending a threatening article to Mr Cameron with the purpose of causing him distress or anxiety.

A second count of threatening to damage property, namely a mosque, was dropped due to the perceived duplication.

Brown, of Claremont Street in Belfast, is alleged to have sent the letter sometime between April 1-10.

He has been charged under the Malicious Communications (Northern Ireland) Order 1988.

Standing in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court, Brown spoke only to confirm he understood the charge against him.

An investigating detective confirmed he could be connected to the alleged offence.

No further details were disclosed during the brief hearing.

District Judge George Conner then released the accused on continuing bail to return to court in two weeks time.

Outside court Brown's lawyer insisted there was never any intention to alarm the Prime Minister.

Gary Adair of Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors said: "My client denies his purpose in sending the letter was to cause any distress or anxiety.

"He intends to contest the charge."

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