Keith Gillespie appears in court in handcuffs
Retired Premier League footballer Keith Gillespie appeared in court in handcuffs today after a judge ordered his arrest.
Throughout the short, two minute hearing at Newtownards Magistrates Court 39-year-old winger Gillespie remained handcuffed to a prison officer, speaking only to confirm his name.
A police officer told the court that he arrested Gillespie this morning "by arrangement" on foot of a bench warrant issued yesterday by District Judge Mark Hamill.
The former winger for Leicester, Newcastle Utd, Manchester United and and Northern Ireland had been due to appear charged with breaching a non-molestation order on January 21 this year by being "in the vicinity of the Hamilton Road".
That charge was put to Gillespie today.
Solicitor Darren Duncan said Gillespie had failed to turn up to court as ordered because of an "oversight" on his part, believing that he was not due in court until next month.
"The first he became aware [that he was due in court] was when he was contacted by a media outlet," said Mr Duncan adding that Gillespie "immediately contacted our office" for the warrant to be executed.
Releasing Gillespie on his own bail of £400, Judge Hamill said he would put the non-appearance down to "miscommunication" but warned the former footballer to "make sure there are no more misunderstandings".
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