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A contest date has been set for a Banbridge pensioner charged with damaging an Alliance Party candidate's election posters

A contest date has been set for a Banbridge pensioner charged with damaging an Alliance Party candidate's election posters

A contest date has been set for a Banbridge pensioner charged with damaging an Alliance Party candidate's election posters

A contest date has been set for a Banbridge pensioner charged with damaging an Alliance Party candidate's election posters.

Thomas Duffy (77) of Edenderry Cottage, Lurgan Road, is charged with criminal damage of posters belonging to Brian Pope on April 30, 2019.

Mr Pope was elected to Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for the first time just two days after the incident is alleged to have occurred.

Mr Duffy, who is contesting the charges, has had a charge of theft of the posters previously withdrawn.

The Banbridge court had earlier heard that the alleged objection to the posters was not due to any particular political motivation, but to the positioning of them.

The defendant had made a request for the contest to be heard in the Crown Court.

Defence barrister John Paul McCann made it known to the court that his client would be in person for the upcoming contest, for which there were two witnesses agreed.

District Judge Eamonn King adjourned the case for contest on April 1.

Belfast Telegraph


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