Belfast Telegraph

Sentence deferred for man who made death threat during drunken birthday phone call

By Nevin Farrell

A man got drunk on his 19th birthday before making a threat to kill and another that he would burn someone's car out.

Mark Burns, of Union Street in Ballymoney, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday for sentencing after previously admitting the four charges he faces.

There were guilty pleas to making a threat to kill; threatening to damage a car; improper use of a public electronic communications network and possession of cannabis.

The offences happened on November 5 last year, his birthday.

A prosecutor said a man received four phone calls of a threatening nature including a threat to kill the man's son and a threat to burn a car.

The calls were recorded and passed on to police and when they spoke to Burns they found the cannabis.

Defence solicitor John Murphy claimed Burns was owed £200 by one of the injured party's sons and, after getting intoxicated on his birthday, made threatening calls.

He said Burns, who had received a suspended sentence a short time before the offences for other matters, realised what he did was "totally unacceptable".

District Judge Liam McNally said he would defer sentencing until 2019 but warned that if there were any further offences the defendant may start off with a prison term of at least nine months.

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