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Loyalist bandsman in court charged with destruction of Sinn Fein election posters

Bailed: Chris Wilson
Bailed: Chris Wilson

By Donal McMahon

A Kilkeel loyalist band member has been charged with stealing and destroying Sinn Fein council election posters while masked in a balaclava.

Chris Wilson (22), of Ballymegeogh Road, is charged with theft, going equipped for theft and criminal damage on March 30.

The defendant appeared in Newry Magistrates Court yesterday. The accused confirmed he understood the charges.

A PSNI constable told the court that he could connect the accused to the charges.

The Kilkeel man is alleged to have been found equipped with gloves and a ladder to scale poles in the area adorned with posters of republican candidates for the local authority elections. Details of said incident were not brought forward in open court.

However, it is understood that the Rising Sons of the Valley Flute Band drummer is accused of stealing and destroying posters promoting Sinn Fein candidates for the recent Newry, Mourne and Down District Council elections.

The value of the posters was unknown to the court.

District Judge Eamonn King released Mr Wilson on £250 bail with the conditions that he resides at an agreed address and presents himself for PSNI checks during specified hours.

The case was adjourned until next month.

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