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Man pleads guilty to intimidation

26-year-old made gunshot gesture toward man

A Ballaugh man's admitted intimidating the same witness twice in four days.

Twenty-six-year-old Phillip Nyamande of Mountain View appeared before magistrates at Douglas courthouse.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of intimidating witnesses on 17 and 21 September.

Prosecution advocate Paul Robinson told the hearing Nyamande had sent Facebook messages to a man giving evidence in a case involving a family member.

The court heard Nyamande appeared in court on September 21 and admitted the offence – but after leaving court he saw the man again on Market Street in Douglas.

He stared at the man before making a gunshot gesture and drawing his finger across his throat.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction, saying the case was so serious Nyamande had to be committed to the Court of General Gaol Delivery.

They committed him to the higher court for sentencing, and he was remanded in custody.

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