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Trial stalled over witness threat

A key witness in a criminal trial is under threat from dissidents, the High Court has heard.

A judge was also told three men showed up at his Co Tyrone home after the hearing got under way and warned him not to attend.

It was claimed that after he chased them from the house one shouted: "Oglaigh na hEireann, we know where your mother and sister lives."

The trial, which cannot be described in detail for legal reasons, was subsequently stopped and a new date has still to be fixed.

Details emerged as bail was refused to one of the men accused of going to the home in Coalisland in January.

Patrick Larkin (46), of Ladbrook Drive, Belfast, faces a charge of intimidation of a witness.

Following the incident the couple both withdrew statements they made to police.

Bail was denied, however, due to the risk of further offences.

Belfast Telegraph