A jury at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has acquitted a man of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the crime journalist Paul Williams.

James Walsh, 46, of Mountain View Drive, Churchtown, Tallaght, had pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill Mr Williams on 25 June, 2003, and also threatening to cause him serious harm later the same day.

Mr Williams is the Crime Editor of the Sunday World newspaper.

The jury of four men and seven women took one hour and thirty minutes to acquit Walsh on both charges on the sixth day of the trial.

Walsh is currently serving a four-year sentence for attempting to influence the jury foreman in another trial.