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Man guilty of harassing Sinn Fein councillor Patrice Hardy

By Nevin Farrell

A Co Antrim man has pleaded guilty to harassing a Sinn Fein councillor.

John Lamont (31), of Blackstone Road between Portglenone and Rasharkin, committed the offence against Patrice Hardy who sits on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The councillor represents the Bannside electoral area which includes Blackstone Road.

Lamont was wearing a suit, shirt and tie as he appeared briefly in the dock at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday morning.

He admitted six charges, including three of pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to harassment of Ms Hardy, another female and a male.

He pleaded guilty to another three counts that he persistently made use of a public electronic communications network for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another.

The offences occurred on dates between March 1 and December 31, 2016.

The offences relating specifically to Councillor Hardy happened on dates between April 1 and November 26, 2016.

Lamont was represented by defence barrister Stephen Law who said his client was pleading guilty to all matters.

District Judge Peter King said it would perhaps be to Lamont's benefit if a pre-sentence report was prepared.

No further details were given to the court yesterday.

The defendant was released on continuing police bail to appear back at the same court in late June.

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