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Phone ban for man accused of harassing his ex over Facebook

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Craigavon man alleged to have harassed his ex-partner via Facebook messages has been banned from using a mobile phone or any other electronic device that has internet access.

That was one of several conditions imposed at Belfast’s High Court by Mr Justice Horner, who told 29-year-old Conor Grimley:  “I am prepared to take a chance and grant you bail.”

Grimley, from Drumbeg in the Co Armagh town, is accused of harassing his ex-partner over a period from July 11 to July 16 this year — a charge he denies.

Prior to Mr Justice Horner granting bail, a Crown prosecutor said police were objecting to Grimley’s release because of fears he would approach his ex and commit further offences.

The prosecutor said it was the Crown’s case that Grimley harassed his former partner over a week-long period in a series of “domestic incidents”.

The first incident, he claimed, occurred on July 11, when Grimley allegedly assaulted the complainant and the complainant’s children.

The defendant was arrested, interviewed and bailed, with a condition imposed to have no contact with his ex. She claimed that the following day she received a Facebook message  from Grimley saying he was sorry and asking her for money.

She also claimed he sent a second Facebook message to her in which he again apologised and also said she needed to accept some of the blame for what happened during the incident on July 11.

The prosecutor said that after receiving the two messages, she contacted the PSNI. Grimley was then questioned by police and given a PIN warning notice.

Grimley is accused of then asking a friend of his to send the woman a Facebook message, followed by an alleged incident on July 14 in which he is said to have went to his ex’s house, rapped on her door and shouted abuse. This led to Grimley being arrested again.

Objecting to bail, a prosecutor said Grimley “ignored conditions and the terms of the PIN notification”, adding the woman would be at risk if he was released.

A barrister acting on behalf of Grimley revealed that all the elements of the harassment charge were being denied by his client.

The barrister said that on the day the woman claimed Grimley was at her door, he said he was at home with his mother, and that she would be prepared to provide an alibi statement.

The barrister spoke of his client’s “limited” criminal record, saying he was “not a man who has shown a willingness to engage in criminal behaviour”, and adding that the period of time Grimley has spent in custody has been a “salutary lesson” for him.

Mr Justice Horner agreed to release Grimley to live at an address in Portadown. He was also banned from using a mobile phone or other electronic device that has internet access, banned from entering the Drumbeg and Meadowbrook estates in Craigavon, and also banned from contacting his ex either directly or indirectly.

Mr Justice Horner warned Grimley that any breach would result in a return to prison.

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