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Man accused of stab threats told police no-one would stop him

A man accused of threatening to stab his ex-partner allegedly told police no-one would stop him, the High Court heard today.

Jonathan Montgomery later claimed his actions were triggered by a failure to take medication for an attention deficit disorder.

But prosecutors opposed his bid to be released on bail, arguing there was an unacceptable level of risk to the woman involved.

Montgomery (22) of Glenkyle Park, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, faces charges of threatening to kill her and her brother, and breaching a non-molestation order.

The alleged offences are connected to telephone messages sent last week.

Prosecution counsel Philip Henry told the court it was part of persistent unwanted contact.

"That has escalated now to threats of particular violence, namely the stabbing threats," he said.

"When he was arrested on the most recent occasion he is actually telling police this will not stop him.

"The risk of re-offending and the risk of harm to this female and their child will still remain at an unacceptable level."

Mr Justice Deeny was told of Montgomery's struggles when he does not take his medication.

Defence barrister Jonathan Connolly said: "He has a difficulty just controlling what comes out of his month.

"That is by way of explanation, not excuse."

Mr Connolly added that there may be an issue of contention over whether the alleged remarks amounted to threats to kill.

Following his submissions the judge adjourned the bail application until separate proceedings take place next week.

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