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West Belfast man in court for alleged threats against Jamie Bryson

Loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson pictured at Stormont. Picture by Mal McCann

A west Belfast man is to appear in court on five charges of making online threats against loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson.

Mr Bryson, who has been in the headlines after making explosive claims regarding the sale of the Nama northern property portfolio, has been called to appear as a witness in the case of Ryan Padraig Maguire (25), with an address at Springhill Rise.

The case is set for a contest in Newtownards magistrates court on October 20, after the defendant pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

He is accused of sending messages that were grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or of a menacing character on August 16 last year as well as pursuing "a course of conduct which you knew would cause another, namely, Jamie Bryson to fear on at least two occasions that violence would be used against him".

He is also charged with similar offences alleged to have taken place on August 17 last year.

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