County Down man is convicted of making 'burn you out' threat

County Down man is convicted of making 'burn you out' threat

A CONLIG man has been convicted of making a threat to damage property when, a court heard, he was said to have shouted at a man and woman: "I'll burn you two c*nts out".

James Mulvenna (62), of Green Road had denied the charge which related to January 8, 2020.

A man told Newtownards Magistrates Court the defendant had shouted the remark at him and a woman as he passed in a van.

A defence barrister put it to the witness that no such threat had been made.

The defence lawyer claimed there had been a "long running parking dispute".

The court heard that Mulvenna claimed the witness had told him: "You are going to be found in a skip" and he had reported it to police.

The defendant told the court because the man and woman knew he had a "historical" conviction for arson they had made up the alleged 'burn' remark.

However, a prosecution lawyer put it to Mulvenna that because of the arson conviction the defendant knew making reference to burning the man and woman out would cause "annoyance and distress".

District Judge Mark Hamill convicted the defendant and gave him a conditional discharge for two years.