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John Gallagher

John Gallagher

John Gallagher

A County Donegal man charged with threatening to kill his own brother was already the subject of two anti-molestation orders, a court has heard.

John Gallagher (46), who now lives at Grangewood in Strabane, Co Tyrone, but who is originally from Lifford, Co Donegal, also faces an harassment charge. Strabane Magistrates Court heard that Gallagher is contesting the charges.

Magistrate Liam McNally ordered Gallagher to stand whilst the charges were put to him by a court clerk.

He made no reply as he was charged with threatening to kill his brother Joseph Donal Gallagher in a supermarket car park in Strabane on May 13.

He was also charged with harassing his brother over a period of time between May 13 and May 14. A solicitor for John Gallagher applied to the court to have some bail conditions lifted. However Magistrate McNally that said he was refusing to take a decision on the application until the investigating PSNI officer appeared in court next Thursday, May 30. "There is also the issue of the two non-molestation orders against your client," said the magistrate. The solicitor said John Gallagher would allege that he had been the subject of a false harassment complaint in Lifford, Co Donegal, by his brother Joseph Donal Gallagher

Mr Roche also alleged that gardai had video evidence which would prove the harassment allegation in Donegal was false.

Magistrate McNally said: "Perhaps you can make contact with the guards to see if this video footage is available."

He adjourned the case for a week, asking that the PSNI make the arresting officer available for the hearing.

Irish Independent