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Daughter of murdered loyalist Coulter accused of sending abusive message

The daughter of the late prominent loyalist Jackie Coulter is to contest criminal charges, which allege she sent an abusive message and misused a communications network.

Tracey Coulter (39) of Killyneill Court, Dungannon, is accused of sending a message or other matter that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, specifically that a named male was “a pathetic no good c***” and “a disgusting human being”.

The person referenced in the alleged message is understood to be a member of a marching band prosecuted for playing a loyalist song outside a Catholic church six years ago.

Dungannon Magistrates Court was told Coulter is alleged to have sent the message on 25 January.

A defence barrister advised Coulter is pleading not guilty to both charges.

District Judge John Meehan adjourned the case until next month when a date for a contested hearing will be allocated.

The accused’s father was a UDA chief when he was murdered by the UVF in 2000 during a loyalist feud.

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