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Soldier accused of threat to officer'

A SOLDIER allegedly used threatening language to a superior officer while under the influence of an intoxicant, a court martial was told.

Corporal John Kavanagh, of the 7th Infantry Battalion, pleaded not guilty before a summary court martial to four charges arising from the alleged incident at Camp Clarke in Kosovo on February 6, 2010.

The court martial, at McKee Barracks, Dublin, heard he was repatriated back to Ireland two months later, which is considered "a very serious and grave matter for a serving soldier".

Defence barrister Gerard Humphreys argued his client was "denied due process" while in Kosovo and that "the State's failure" for not bringing the case to trial sooner has placed "incredible stress" on the corporal.

Cpl Kavanagh, who has nine years service with the Defence Forces, denies all the charges.

Military Judge Col Michael Campion adjourned the case until a future date.

Irish Independent