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Councillor Henry Reilly to contest PSNI assault case

Henry Reilly

An independent Mournes councillor is to contest charges of twice assaulting a female police officer.

Henry Reilly (61), of Ballynahatten Road in Kilkeel, is further accused of resisting the female constable, resisting a male constable and causing criminal damage to a police radio and ear piece on September 30, 2019.

The defendant is a councillor on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Reilly has previously served on the council as a member of the UUP, the DUP and most recently Ukip, but had to resign as his job with a charity did not allow him to align with any political party.

Reilly did not appear at Newry Magistrates Court for the hearing.

The court had previously heard that police body camera footage was part of the evidence in the case.

The defence provided two payslips to the court from the accused's pension and from local government.

Legal aid was then granted.

"Obviously these are significant charges," said Reilly's defence solicitor.

"It is anticipated that there will be some issues.

"He is a man with a clear record."

District Judge Mark McGarrity adjourned the case to March 9.

Belfast Telegraph