Belfast Telegraph

Ex-Glamorgan captain on fraud and indecency charges in Belfast

By Alan Erwin

A former international cricketer has appeared in court accused of fraud and indecent behaviour offences in Belfast.

South African-born Rodney Ontong allegedly used a bounced cheque to pay for goods at a Tesco store in the Cityside Retail Park on March 4 this year.

The 62-year-old, of Thorndale Avenue in Belfast, is also accused of a separate incident involving urinating at Kilburn Street in July.

Entering the dock at the city's Magistrates Court on crutches for a broken leg, Ontong faced charges of fraud by false representation and indecent behaviour in a public place.

A police officer said he could connect the accused to both alleged offences.

Defence barrister Mark Farrell revealed efforts are being made to seek a review of the decision to prosecute on the indecent behaviour charge.

Adjourning both cases for three weeks, District Judge Fiona Bagnall indicated she wanted to know by then if Ontong will be contesting the allegations.

The former all-rounder was released on continuing bail.

Ontong captained Glamorgan during a first-class cricketing career spanning two decades.

He moved to Northern Ireland after his sporting career was ended by a road accident in 1988.

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