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Northern Ireland hospitals ban for alleged stalker

A man accused of following his medical worker ex-partner is to be banned from every hospital in Northern Ireland, a High Court judge ordered.

The prohibition was imposed on Andrew Hughes amid claims that he trailed the woman around facilities at Queen's University in Belfast.

Hughes (23), of Saintfield Road in the city, is charged with breaching an injunction forbidding harassment.

He is alleged to have followed his ex-partner into her place of study without a reason for being there on March 5.

During a bail application prosecution counsel Kate McKay said the woman first spotted him staring at her as she left Belfast City Hospital.

Hughes walked after her to a coffee shop and then into Queen's Students' Union, the court heard.

At one stage it was claimed that he asked to speak to a senior academic to make allegations about her conduct.

"He said he did this out of spite and to get her into trouble," Mrs McKay said.

Disclosing that the alleged harassment happened just two days after the woman secured an injunction, the barrister added: "He gave her quite a scare."

Defence counsel said it was accepted that Hughes made contact with a university representative. She stressed, however, that her client claims he had been unaware his ex-partner was in the area.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Horner told Hughes, who appeared by video-link, that his behaviour was unacceptable.

The judge ordered him to have no direct or indirect contact with his former partner, including being in the town where she lives.

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