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Woman left message saying her sister would be shot, court told

A woman left a voice message on her sister's phone that if she didn't drop a court case, she would be shot, a court heard
A woman left a voice message on her sister's phone that if she didn't drop a court case, she would be shot, a court heard

By Staff Reporter

A woman left a voice message on her sister's phone that if she didn't drop a court case, she would be shot, a court heard.

Brenda McEldowney, whose age was listed as 'over 21', had lived at Tirkane Road at Slaughtneil, near Maghera, and then was bailed to Drumkill Gardens, Kilrea.

She had originally been charged with breaching a Non-Molestation Order on June 22 and had pleaded guilty to that charge.

She was bailed to Kilrea with a ban from entering the Maghera area, was to have no contact with her sister, and was banned from being intoxicated in public.

The defendant was charged with a further breach of the Non-Molestation Order and making a threat to kill. A police officer told Coleraine Magistrates Court on July 20 police received a report from a woman that her sister, the defendant, breached a Non-Molestation Order by contacting her and threatening violence.

Police were able to listen to a voicemail, which said: "Get that f****** court case dropped or you will be shot."

The defence solicitor said there was a limited likelihood that the defendant, whom he said was an alcoholic, would have been able to "progress" the shooting threat.

District Judge Liam McNally released McEldowney on continuing bail, but warned if she contacted her sister, she would go "straight to custody". The case was adjourned to Magherafelt Magistrates Court on August 7.

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