Belfast Telegraph

Down man accused of harassing former gay lover 'is a pest'

By David Young

A man facing charges of threatening and harassing his ex-boyfriend, assaulting police and resisting arrest has been released on bail.

Described in court by the judge as "a complete pest", David Spiers (27) has been ordered to change his mobile phone sim card in a bid to stop any future contact with his former lover.

The man who is the alleged victim of Mr Spiers' activities cannot be named for legal reasons.

Spiers was also banned from going within two miles of the town where the alleged victim lives as part of bail conditions imposed by the High Court.

Granting his release from custody, Mr Justice Weir urged him to move on from the break-up of the relationship.

The judge said: "These things happen all the time - and people have to get on with their lives."

Spiers, with an address at Chapel Street in Killough, Co Down, faces charges of harassment, assault and threatening to damage his former partner's property.

He is also accused of an assault on police and resisting arrest during incidents in June.

Prosecution counsel also claimed in court that Spiers had been hanging around the other man's place of work, causing him distress.

The court heard that Spiers also allegedly turned up drunk at his ex-boyfriend's home, threw a mobile phone at him - and had tried to punch him.

Stephanie Boyd, prosecuting, said Spiers was having trouble accepting their relationship was over.

Defence barrister Paul McAlinden revealed the pair had split after being together for around five years.

He argued, however, that the alleged victim is continuing to send texts and make phone calls to Spiers.

The two men had arranged to both go to a gay rights event in Manchester last month, the High Court was told.

After being informed that Spiers had repeatedly breached previous bail terms, Mr Justice Weir commented: "This man is a complete pest.

"He would nearly need his own personal police officer."

However, the judge decided Spiers could be released again on strict conditions, including a requirement to surrender his existing mobile phone sim card to police.

The judge told Mr Spiers: "This business of hanging around the old boyfriend is foolish."

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