Woman denies threatening to kill pope

2010-09-21 21:19

London – A British woman denies threatening to kill Pope Benedict XVI during his four-day visit to the UK.

Lawyers for 56-year-old Pauline Lunney told a court in northeastern England she planned to plead not guilty to a charge of threatening the life of the pontiff.

Prosecutors say police found an imitation gun and a bus ticket to London when they raided Lunney's home in Wallsend, about 460km north of London.

Lunney is accused of boasting that she planned to attempt to shoot Benedict. She claims she planned only to join a protest rally in central London. A trial will begin November 17.

Lunney's case is not connected to the arrests in London of six men on terrorism charges during the pope's visit. All six were later freed without being charged.