Man who threatened to kill Peter Robinson in court

Man who threatened to kill Peter Robinson in court
Peter Robinson

A man is due in court today charged with threatening to kill the North's First Minister Peter Robinson.

The 34-year-old is also charged with improper use of a public electronic communications network. It is understood the alleged threat was made by phone on Wednesday.

Mr Robinson, the Democratic Unionist leader, is the latest political representative to be subject to a threat amid continuing unrest over the removal of the Union flag from Belfast City Hall.

Loyalists have been protesting over the decision by Belfast City Council to reduce the number of days the flag flies.

East Belfast Alliance Party MP Naomi Long has received a death threat from loyalists while senior Democratic Unionists Jeffrey Donaldson and Edwin Poots have also been informed of threats, apparently from dissident republicans, after speaking out in favour of flying the flag.

The man charged with threatening Mr Robinson is expected to appear at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court.


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