Death threat accusations

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A WIGAN businessman has been accused of trying to demand tens of thousands of pounds from another man and making threats to injure or kill him.

Steven Breheny, from Standish Lower Ground, appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court for a bail application hearing after being charged with blackmail, criminal damage, intimidation of a witness or juror and threats to kill.

The charges allege Breheny, of Navigation Bank, demanded Paul Scully hand over to him a sum of £20,000 with menaces between June 29 and July 3, and also made a threat to kill Mr Scully on June 29.

Breheny, 39, is also accused of threatening Mr Scully’s brother Stephen with violence and intimidation, knowing that he was assisting in the investigation and causing it to be obstructed or interfered with.

Breheny, who runs a security firm, is also accused of damaging a glass panel in the front door of Mr Scully’s home when visiting him on July 3.

He was represented by Neil Bolland, while John Hibbert represented the Crown Prosecution Service.

Breheny wore a dark grey T-shirt to the hearing and did not enter a plea. He spoke only to confirm his name and address.

He was not granted bail and will appear for a pre-trial hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on July 25.