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Man charged with sending threatening communication

Rodney Manley outside Newtownards courthouse
Rodney Manley outside Newtownards courthouse

By Paul Higgins

A man appeared in court yesterday accused of sending a menacing message.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court, 47-year-old Rodney Manley was charged with the improper use of a telecommunication network on January 8.

None of the facts giving rise to the charge were opened in court, but a police constable said he believed he could connect Manley to the charge.

Defence barrister Stuart Magee highlighted however that "there has been an incident involving this defendant" within the court precincts which the police had been made aware of.

Freeing Manley, originally from east Belfast but now with an address at Hamill Street in the city, on his own bail of £400, District Judge Mark Hamill banned him from contacting the alleged victim.

The case is due back in court on March 9.

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