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Man accused of harassing priest given court caution

By Nevin Farrell

A man accused of harassing a priest who served in Coleraine has had charges against him withdrawn after he accepted a caution.

The development regarding Kevin Stewart, from Woodend Park, Articlave, was revealed at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 38-year-old was charged with harassment of Fr Brendan Mulhall, between March 31, 2015 and February 2, 2016.

He was also accused of causing criminal damage to the interior walls of The Gate Lodge at St Malachy's Church between February 22, 2015 and February 2, 2016.

A third charge was that he stole three kitchen cupboard doors belonging to St Malachy's Church between the same dates.

Stewart had denied the offences before accepting the caution.

Defence barrister Alan Stewart said his client had been residing in the property and said at one stage Bishop Pat Buckley was due to have been a witness for the defence.

No other details were given to the court.

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