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Northern Ireland maths teacher in court on harassment charges

A maths teacher has been charged with harassment and intimidation following incidents at a local secondary school
A maths teacher has been charged with harassment and intimidation following incidents at a local secondary school

By Donal McMahon

A maths teacher has been charged with harassment and intimidation following incidents at a local secondary school.

Patrick Hollywood appeared at Newry Magistrates Court yesterday.

Hollywood (38), of Upper Fathom Road in the city, is accused of intimidation, harassment and causing others to fear violence, alleged to have occurred on dates from January 2017 to August 2018.

The charges follow an investigation into complaints of harassment and intimidation surrounding incidents at St Patrick's High School in Keady, Co Armagh.

The school faced allegations of English and maths GCSE exam cheating by teachers.

The accused, dressed in a grey suit and red striped tie, only spoke to confirm his name and date of birth.

A detective constable said she believed she could connect the accused to the charges.

More than 45 statements from witnesses have so far been entered in the case.

That number, the court heard, is expected to rise.

A defence lawyer said his client would be asking for an independent examination of "a raft of forensic material largely made up of computer files and calligraphy".

"This is fundamental to the defence," said the solicitor.

Prosecution alluded to a summary of facts just submitted, which, they added, would need time to be reviewed.

District judge Stephen Keown adjourned the case to May 22 for confirmation on a full file.

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