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Man breached bail by drinking and having mobile phone

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A Ballymoney man whose bail conditions include him not possessing a mobile phone or being intoxicated in public was carrying a mobile and turned up with drink onboard when signing bail at Coleraine Police Station.

Gareth Allen (48), of Garry Drive, faces charges of threatening to kill a woman and assaulting her and improperly using a public electronic communications network to cause anxiety.

Coleraine Magistrates Court, on April 1, was told that following the police station incident the defendant was released again on bail but that on March 31 police saw a mobile on the arm of a chair beside Allen.

A defence solicitor said the defendant had the phone so he could get in touch with family members in emergencies and no contact had been made with the alleged injured party.
District Judge Peter King upped the bail amount from £500 to £750 and said if caught with a phone again the defendant will go to jail.

The judge said: “Mobile phone, Maghaberry, very simple”.

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