A PROSECUTOR said a case in which an Antrim town man is accused of making a threat to kill and harassment is "aggravated by hostility".
Anthony Gilhooly (47), of Devon Square, Antrim, is also charged with being disorderly at Donore Crescent, Antrim, in May this year.
District Judge Nigel Broderick told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena: "PPS (Public Prosecution Service) say it is a hate crime".
A defence lawyer said there were alleged comments about the injured party "being English".
The prosecutor said the injured party was "on disability".
The full details of the allegations have yet to be outlined to the court and the case was adjourned to January 4 to fix a date for a contest.