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Man accused of witness intimidation remanded in custody

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A MAN accused of intimidating a woman who allegedly witnessed him carrying out a burglary has appeared in court.

Ryan Heslop is said to have called the woman a ‘grass’ after she told a neighbour that he had been involved in a raid at his home.

The 24-year-old denied two counts of witness intimidation when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He also entered a not guilty plea in relation to the burglary, at an address in Devonshire Street, South Shields, on June 28.

The court heard that Heslop had been given bail by police in connection with the burglary allegation at the time he is accused of witness intimidation.

The witness intimidation offences are alleged to have taken place on Friday, July 4, and again in the early hours of Saturday, July 5.

Heslop, of Cheviot Road, South Shields, will stand trial at Newcastle Crown Court on July 21.

Lorraine Montgomery, chairman of the magistrates, remanded Heslop in custody until his crown court hearing.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said the charges were so serious magistrates should consider remanding him in custody until his next court date.

Lorraine Montgomery, chair of the magistrates, remanded Heslop in custody until his crown court hearing.

 
 
 

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