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Man accused of having axe under paramilitary threat, court told


Belfast Magistrates’ Court (Niall Carson/PA)

Belfast Magistrates’ Court (Niall Carson/PA)

Belfast Magistrates’ Court (Niall Carson/PA)

A man accused of having an axe on a Belfast street is under threat from paramilitaries in the area, a court heard today.

Clayton Anderson, 26, is charged with possessing an offensive weapon in public.

He was allegedly carrying the axe in the Donegall Road area on Sunday.

Anderson of Ainsworth Drive in the city, also faces further counts of assaulting and resisting police.

As he appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court a defence barrister disclosed details about the alleged paramilitary threat against his client.

John O'Connor said: "The threat appears to be in the Village area of Belfast; he resides in the Shankill area."

Police told the court they would accept Anderson being released to live at an approved address outside the city.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted bail on those terms, and imposed a night-time curfew.

She ordered him to return to court on December 10.

Belfast Telegraph