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Woman allegedly targeted ex-lover in series of postal threats, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A woman allegedly targeted her former lover in a campaign of threats issued through the post, the High Court heard today.

Gail Chambers (47) is accused of sending or delivering a series of letters to the home of her "vulnerable" ex-partner.

Prosecutors revealed one message stated: "You're going to get a bullet in your head."

Another allegedly warned "your time is running out" before calling the man as a "mentally handicapped b******".

Chambers, of Mulderg Drive in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, faces four charges of threats to kill and nine counts of breaching a non-molestation order.

She was granted bail but banned from entering the area where her former partner lives.

The alleged offences cover a period from June 17 to November 21.

Conor Gillespie, prosecuting, said Chambers had been in an on-off relationship with the man for 10 years.

The letters started to be delivered after it came to end, the court heard.

"These were hand-written notes and some have now been sent for fingerprint analysis," Mr Gillespie said.

"Both individuals are recognised as vulnerable adults. The injured party said there were no physical assaults but he feels intimated in relation to the letters."

Defence counsel Jonathan Connolly argued that no physical confrontation is alleged.

"There doesn't seem to be any door-stepping," he said.

"There's been letters posted through a box and the last one through the postal service."

Granting bail, Mr Justice Weatherup held that prison was not the appropriate place for Chambers.

"State services should be intervening to provide whatever mechanisms there are for people who have these problems," he stressed.

"Both parties are in need of support from our system; I hope they will receive it."

Chambers was ordered to have no further contact with her ex-partner.

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