County Antrim man told long-term partner: 'If I had a gun I would shoot you, I would kick you to death, that is what have always needed'

County Antrim man told long-term partner: 'If I had a gun I would shoot you, I would kick you to death, that is what have always needed'

A BALLYCARRY man who told his long-term partner "If I had a gun I would shoot you, I would kick you to death, that is what you have always needed," claimed he was being "flippant".

Nigel Clyde (51), of Forthill, was sentenced at Ballymena Magistrates Court on charges of making a threat to kill and common assault in relation to January 20 last year.

A defence lawyer said it had been a "salutary lesson" for the defendant, a lorry driver, and it was an "isolated incident".

He said the defendant had been with his partner for almost 30 years and although they had separated for "two weeks" following the incident, they are "reconciled".

The lawyer said the defendant now realises the "severity" of what he had said.

The defendant was put on Probation for 18 months.