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Belfast man Wilson 'who breached ban over harassment of pensioner' is denied bail

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Belfast man with a history of harassing an elderly and vulnerable woman has been back in court accused of breaching a restraining order.

Morrison Wilson, from Belle Bashford Court in the east of the city, has been charged with entering Rotterdam Court in Belfast on Monday April 17, 2017, when he was banned from doing so due to an existing court order.

The 61-year old appeared in Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

A PSNI constable told the court she was aware of the charge against Wilson, and could connect the accused to the charge.

Saying police were "strongly opposing" bail, she revealed the injured party was a "vulnerable" 82-year old woman who was living in fear.

The policewoman said Wilson had a "history of violence" against the pensioner, adding it was her view Wilson would both reoffend if released, and also interfere with witnesses.

She said Wilson had a history of issues with his former neighbour that spanned a period of five years.

This history, the constable said, included Wilson appearing in court on previous occasions where he was handed suspended sentences in 2013 and 2014, as well as serving a 10-month prison sentence.

She told District Judge Bernie Kelly that due to this week's alleged breach "I fear for this lady's safety".

She also said that after seeing Wilson in Rotterdam Court on Monday, the pensioner "does not feel safe in her own home".

Ms Kelly asked Wilson if he had any legal representation, to which he replied: "I didn't think it would go that far."

Ms Kelly said that in light of police concerns, she was refusing to release Wilson on bail and remanded him into custody.

After informing Wilson he had the right to appeal her decision, he was told he would appear before the same court via video-link tomorrow.

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