Belfast Telegraph

Woman for trial on terrorism charges

By Ashleigh McDonald

A woman is to stand trial later this year on charges linked to collecting information for terrorists while working for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, a court has heard.

Charlene Pierce, from Harmin Park, Newtownabbey, appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday where she denied two charges against her.

The 34-year-old has been charged with collecting or making a record of information likely to be of use to terrorists - namely information relating to the identity and addresses of three people on the PSNI's witness protection scheme on dates between June 25 and 28, 2014.

She was also charged with misconduct in a public office on the same dates.

The charge accuses Pierce of using her position to unlawfully obtain information relating to the identity and addresses of the three people in the witness protection programme.

When the two charges were put to her, she replied "not guilty" to both.

The trial, which is due to last seven days, is expected to start on May 4.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC released Pierce on continuing bail and ordered her to appear before the same court for her trial.

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