Man to stand trial on Alliance kill threats

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A Belfast man has been ordered to stand trial accused of threatening to kill two Alliance politicians.

Appearing at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court, 33-year-old Jonathan Ginn confirmed he understood the two charges against him and that he was not objecting to the preliminary enquiry, committing him to the Crown Court for trial.

Ginn, from Dunraven Court in Belfast, is charged with making threats to kill Alliance politicians Naomi Long MP and Chris Lyttle MLA on October 11 2013.

Ginn declined the opportunity to say anything about the charges, give evidence himself or call witnesses on his own behalf.

Although no facts of the case were opened, a prosecuting lawyer submitted there was a case for Ginn to answer and as his solicitor Jennifer Hanna had no contrary submissions, District Judge Peter King said he was satisfied the evidence was sufficient to warrant a trial.

Releasing Ginn on his own bail of £500, the judge ordered him to appear before Belfast Crown Court on January 28 for arraignment.