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.