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No bail for accused to visit grave of brother

By John Cassidy

A man accused of harassing a former partner after she ended their relationship has been refused bail to visit his brother's grave by a judge on the grounds of "protection of the public''.

Omagh man Cathal Feeney (28), whose address was given as RMG Lighhouse Hostels, Meelmore Road, Strabane, Co Tyrone, is also charged with 14 counts of perverting the course of justice by making false allegations against his former girlfriend last year.

The defendant applied for bail 10 days after his brother was killed in a road traffic accident.

Kieran Feeney (21) died after being struck by a car on the Glenshane Road in Londonderry in the early hours of July 13.

A defence barrister said the defendant had not applied for compassionate bail to attend the funeral, but was now seeking to be released so he could visit the grave and "pay his respects''.

But the prosecution said police objected as the complainant feared Feeney would try to make contact with her while on release.

The lawyer told Belfast Crown Court: "The complainant states that she had been in a relationship with the defendant and she didn't want anything more to do with him. In her statement she states that the defendant didn't seem to be able to accept those facts.''

But Judge Stephen Fowler QC said: "Given your record and the breaches of bail in the past, I am not satisfied that you would stay out of trouble. I have a responsibility for the protection of the public and the complainant."

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