Arrest over alleged death threats at Queen’s University Belfast

A former employee of Queen’s University Belfast has been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged threats to kill a former colleague.

January 10, 2012

The 33-year-old man was detained in England on 30 December and taken to Northern Ireland the following day, according to a statement from the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

He is understood to be Patrick Martens, a former psychology research fellow. The alleged threats were against another academic at Queen’s.

The PSNI statement says: “Detectives have arrested and questioned a 33-year-old man in connection with an ongoing investigation into alleged threats, intimidation and threats to kill made against a former employee at Queen’s University.”

He has been released on bail “pending further enquiries” the statement adds.

A spokesman for Queen’s confirmed that the arrested man and the academic against who the threats were allegedly made are both former employees of the university, adding that the issue was a police matter.

In September last year, Queen’s obtained an injunction preventing Dr Martens entering university property.

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