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‘Handgun pressed against man’s head’ – court told

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A handgun was allegedly pressed against a man’s head during an incident at a property in Coleraine, a court heard on Friday.

The claim was made by a defence barrister for one of two men who are charged with a number of offences which allegedly happened at a man’s home in the Drumtarsey area of Coleraine.

A barrister for the other accused man said the prosecution case was that the defendants used force to enter the injured man’s home and a handgun was brandished and the man assaulted.

The barrister said the maximum sentence for charges connected to the allegations is ‘life’.

He said the case will be proceeding to trial.

The accused are Brendan Letters (35), originally with an address at Killowen Street in Coleraine and Simon Fleming (44), originally with an address at Somerset Drive in Coleraine.

They are each charged with aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

They are also each accused of possessing a firearm or imitation firearm – a pistol – with intent by that means to cause another person to believe that unlawful violence would be used against him or another person.

The third charge is unlawfully causing by force, threats or menaces, or in some other way a person to leave a place where he was resident.
The fourth charge they jointly face is assaulting the man.

Letters is also charged with making a threat to kill the man and making a threat to damage the property. At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Friday during a Preliminary Enquiry – the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court – a prosecutor submitted that on the basis of the papers before the court there was a case to answer.

The defence lawyers had no contrary submissions and District Judge Liam McNally held there was a case to answer.Both men were released on continuing bail and the case was adjourned to Antrim Crown Court at the end of June.

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