A Portadown man charged with sex offences is under a death threat from an ‘active organisation’ it was claimed last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
And a request for a ban on his name being published in the press was turned down by the judge.
Fifty seven year old Henry Martin Joseph Creaney, of Churchill Park, Portadown, made a first appearance at court last Friday.
It is alleged that between July 1, 2002, and September 30, 2004 he indecently assaulted three female children and also committed an act of indecency with the three females.
He is also charged with sexual grooming of one of the alleged victims.
A solicitor for Creaney asked for a ban on the publication of his details, saying that this might lead to the identification of the injured parties.
He also revealed that the defendant had received, through the police, confirmation of a death threat.
The solicitor argued that any reporting in the local press would only heighten the risk to the defendant.
“It is a credible threat by an active organisation,” he added.
Deputy District Judge, Mr Liam McStay, said he did not see that publication would lead to the identification of the victims or that the reporting was going to heighten the threat so he was not minded to grant such an order.
A woman constable said she believed she could connect the defendant to the charge.
The case was adjourned for eight weeks until September 27.
Creaney was remanded on his own bail of £500 with the conditions that he has no contact with the witnesses or has no unsupervised contact with a child under 15 years of age.