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Armagh man accused of damaging ex-partner’s window refused bail

The alleged injured party told police that she had received 57 missed calls and various messages from the defendant via Facebook

An Armagh man accused of harassing his ex-partner and damaging her window has been refused bail.

It was heard that the 26-year-old is alleged to have committed these offence whilst on bail for charges which are no longer before the court.

Cormac Kelly, of Dukes Grove, was charged with harassment, criminal damage and persistent improper use of communications to cause anxiety at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry.

Appearing via videolink from police custody, the defendant confirmed that he understood the charges and was connected to the same by a constable.

Defence barrister Michael Tierney made no question to the connection and informed the court that an application for bail was being made on his client’s behalf.

Outlining the background to the allegations, the constable stated that on October 31, police were called to the home of the alleged injured party.

She claimed to have heard something being thrown at her window and that her doorbell had been damaged. She called police after allegedly receiving a text message from her ex-partner, this defendant, claiming to have been the one responsible for the damage.

This contact would have been in breach of bail, in relation to a matter which is no longer before the court.

The alleged injured party further told police that she had received 57 missed calls and various messages via Facebook from Kelly.

Upon cross examination of the constable, Mr Tierney established that 56 of the aforementioned calls had been from a “withheld” number.

He claimed that the single call from his client’s number was made following a call from the alleged injured party.

Mr Tierney went on to comment that the previous charges for which he had been on bail had “gone nowhere” and intimated that may be the same with this case.

However, District Judge Bernie Kelly stated that there were “no conditions” which would prevent him from contacting the complainant.

Bail was refused and Kelly was remanded in custody as the case was adjourned until November 30 for an update.

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