Man accused of threatening to kill Health Minister Robin Swann has case further adjourned

Man accused of threatening to kill Health Minister Robin Swann has case further adjourned

A 45-year-old Newtownards man charged with making threats to kill Health Minister Robin Swann has had the case further adjourned.

William Herbert Hawkes, of Ardmillan Crescent, previously obtained bail at the High Court, Newtownards Magistrates' Court was told.

Hawkes is accused in relation to January 22 this year.

As well as the threat to kill allegation, the defendant is accused of harassing Mr Swann and improper use of electronic communications on January 22.

The defendant also faces similar charges relating to the Health Minister on November 15 last year.

The charges relate to reports of online abuse towards Mr Swann.

A PSNI officer told an earlier court, police believed there was a "real threat to the life of the Health Minister Robin Swann".

The officer alleged the defendant had "continued a campaign against Mr Swann".

At court on Wednesday June 15 the case was further adjourned to June 28.

  • Main picture: Health Minister Robin Swann.