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'Paedophile hunter' Mark O'Brien released on bail on several conditions

By Staff Reporter

A Co Antrim man accused of being a so-called "paedophile hunter" has been ordered to desist from any role in such groups as part of his bail conditions.

Mark O'Brien (30), of Millfield in Ballymena, is accused of the false imprisonment of a male on January 31 this year. He appeared at Coleraine Magistrates' Court yesterday where he is also accused of assaulting the male and attempting to intimidate him from his home in Coleraine.

A police officer said he believed he could connect the accused to the charges.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said he had no questions for the officer.

A prosecutor asked for the case to be adjourned for eight weeks.

District Judge Peter King released the defendant on his own bail of £500 until May with a number of conditions.

The conditions include not having any contact with the alleged injured party.

The defendant must also sign once a week at Ballymena Police Station.

The defendant is also to have no contact with a co-accused and is not to use any online social media platforms or any online dating applications or websites.

He has also been ordered to "desist from any activity associated with paedophile hunting groups" and to have no access to a mobile phone or communications device with a capability "beyond voice calls and simple text messages".

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