Ex-partner to face trial over ‘bomb threat’

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Magistrates refused to consider a case against a Lowton man accused of allegedly terrorising his ex-partner, her family and a friend.

The chairman of the bench accepted a Crown Prosecution Service application asking for Francis Vermiglio’s case to be heard by a judge and jury.

But after long submissions from defence solicitor Ged Fraser, JPs agreed to grant the 36-year-old conditional bail, prompting an extremely rare development in court.

Prosecutor Nichola Yeadon successfully appealed against the magistrates’ decision to grant bail, meaning Vermiglio, of Cedar Grove, Lowton, must remain in custody until his trial on December 5 at Bolton Crown Court.

Vermiglio is charged with assaulting his former partner Danielle Liddle, affray by threatening the use of unlawful violence, assaulting Andrew Ward and threatening criminal damage to Christine Michaels by threatening to petrol bomb her house and cars.

He is also charged with driving a Vauxhall Vectra car on Stone Cross Lane, Lowton, without a driving licence and without insurance.

Vermiglio has declined to enter pleas at this stage.

Outlining the circumstances behind the charges during the Allocation Hearing, Miss Yeadon said that Miss Liddle and Vermiglio had been in a relationship for three years, which “had ended” two years ago.

The charges had arisen from alleged incidents on the evening of October 28, 29 and 31.

Vermiglio attended Andrew Ward’s home asking to speak to Miss Liddle and then, during an altercation, it is alleged he assaulted both of them. He left with Miss Liddle. However, it is alleged he then returned alone to Mr Ward’s Golborne home after brandishing a kitchen knife with a four inch blade and threatened to stab him with it. The motoring charges arose from his illegal use of the Vauxhall Vectra.