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A prosecuting lawyer said Hillen is awaiting sentence, but 'there's been a reconciliation' with his wife (stock photo)

A prosecuting lawyer said Hillen is awaiting sentence, but 'there's been a reconciliation' with his wife (stock photo)

A prosecuting lawyer said Hillen is awaiting sentence, but 'there's been a reconciliation' with his wife (stock photo)

A Co Down man who has reconciled with his wife can't move home because of Covid-19 regulations, a court heard yesterday.

Newry Magistrates Court, sitting in Lisburn, heard Darren Hillen (35) was applying for his bail to be varied to allow him to move back to a property where he twice breached a non-molestation order against him.

Hillen, from Ardcarn Park in Newry, earlier pleaded guilty to breaching the NMO on November 9 and December 17 last year and to assaulting and resisting police, as well as using disorderly behaviour at Daisy Hill Hospital, also on December 17.

A prosecuting lawyer said Hillen is awaiting sentence, but "there's been a reconciliation" with his wife.

The lawyer added that immaterial of the apparent reconciliation, "the case is still live".

District Judge Amanda Brady said according to Covid-19 regulations, moving to a different property "is not supposed to happen".

Refusing the bail variation, Judge Brady listed the case for sentencing on April 20.

Belfast Telegraph