Robinson threat accused 'had 12 pints'

Published Thursday, 13 December 2012
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A man charged with threatening to kill First Minister Peter Robinson had drunk 12 pints of cider before making the call, a court has heard.

Robinson threat accused 'had 12 pints'
Darren Scott is accused of threatening Mr Robinson. (© Pacemaker)

Darren Scott, from Croft Court in east Belfast, allegedly phoned 999 on Wednesday to issue the threat, following a drinking spree.

The unemployed father-of-four is also charged with improper use of a public electronic communications network.

Newtownards Magistrates Court heard that Scott made two calls to emergency services, allegedly threatening Mr Robinson in the first.

In the second the 34-year-old was said to have admitted responsibility for the attempted murder of a police officer in east Belfast on 10 December.

PSNI Detective Constable Owen Nevin said there was no evidence to back this up.

However DC Nevin said there was evidence of clear intent in the call about the DUP leader.

Scott was arrested at home after spelling out his full name and address for the 999 call handlers - and when police arrived he had already packed his bags and was ready for arrest.

He told police he wanted to be jailed.

DC Nevin said: "He wanted to go to prison were the words he used."

Scott spoke only to confirm his name and said he understood the charges against him.

Heavily tattooed and wearing a white tracksuit, he made no reply when the charges were put to him on Thursday morning.

He was remanded in custody to appear before a Belfast court via video link on 8 January.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
tommy atkins in London, England wrote (774 days ago):
"Unemployed father of four" Well where did he get the money for twelve pints
Johnny Mac in Belfast wrote (775 days ago):
I really do feel sorry for his kids.
john in belfast wrote (775 days ago):
supermarkets must be still doing 3 cases cider for 20 quid
Conor in Belfast wrote (775 days ago):
Hahahahahahaha, this has to be the funniest headline of the year. in no way am I laughing at the Threat, just that I can picture some eejit absolutely hammered and thinking to himself, what at the time, seemed a brilliant idea, hahaha. Hangover would not have been a good one.
patto69 in Belfast wrote (775 days ago):
"Heavily tattooed and wearing a white tracksuit, he made no reply when the charges were put to him on Thursday morning." Add in the 12 pints and he should have been on Jeremy Kyle instead of up in court.
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