A 37-year-old man threatened to cut his wife’s throat in the presence of their seven-year-old daughter, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.
Amaral Rui Sergio Borba admitted making a threat to kill on April 12 this year.
The court heard that at approximately 11.15pm police went to an address in Portadown where a female made a verbal complaint that her husband had threatened ‘I am going to cut your throat’.
The defendant could not be located but the next day he approached police and made a full admission.
Mr Richard Monteith, representing the defendant, said that the couple had been married for 16 years but in the last eight months although they had been living in the same house they led separate lives.
He said it was accepted that his client had drink taken and the injured party also had taken drink. There had been an argument and in the heat of the moment he said what he said.
Mr Monteith added that the defendant was deeply sorry saying those words and never intended to carry out the threat.
District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said there were aggravating features in that it was a domestic incident, it happened in front of a child and the defendant had only been in Northern Ireland a fairly short time. He adjourned the case until May 20 for a pre-sentence report.
He granted bail of £300 for the defendant to stay at West Street with the conditions that he is not to enter Fitzroy Street, does not consume alcohol and does not contact the injured party.