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Man accused of threat to petrol bomb ex-girlfriend's house

By Alan Erwin

A man threatened to petrol bomb his ex-partner's home and trap her inside, the High Court has heard.

John Blessington was arrested after CCTV controllers monitored him making the menacing calls at a Co Antrim phone box, prosecutors claimed. The 31-year-old, originally from Co Kildare but with an address at Glousterwood Street in London, faces charges of breaching a non-molestation order and making threats to kill and damage property.

Bail was refused due to the risk of further similar offences being committed.

He is alleged to have issued the threats in calls to his former partner's cousin from public phones in Lisburn on July 11.

A prosecution lawyer claimed the caller said he would petrol bomb the ex-girlfriend's home and leave petrol outside the house so she could not get out. Blessington is also alleged to have stated he was on his way to her house "to do what he should have done before".

Police were guided by CCTV operators to a phone box Blessington was seen using outside the railway station. He was arrested nearby.

Defence counsel said his client accepted phoning the cousin but denied the alleged content of the conversation. His behaviour was centred around attempts to establish contact with his young daughter, the court heard.

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