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Woman who ripped up restraining order and posted through letterbox fined £250

Defence said it had been put in place following the dismissal of a common assault charge against his client in order to 'take the heat' out of the situation between the two parties

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A Gilford woman who ripped up a restraining order and posted it through the letterbox of the male it referred to has been ordered to pay a fine of £250.

The 37-year-old’s barrister Justin Byrne told court that the restraining order had been put in place following the dismissal of a common assault charge against his client in order to “take the heat” out of the situation between the two parties.

Naomi Ruth Rodgers, of Hill Street, had a plea of guilty entered on her behalf to one count of breaching a restraining order at Banbridge Magistrates’ Court sitting at Newry, on Thursday.

Prosecution outlined that on December 21, at 12.54pm, police received a report of a possible breach of a restraining order at an address on Castleview, Gilford.

The injured party claimed that torn up court documents had been posted through his letterbox by the defendant, against whom he had a restraining order in place.

Whilst speaking to officers, the injured party received a call from Rodgers in which she was verbally abusive and this was captured on body worn camera.

The defendant was subsequently arrested for the matter before the court and made admissions during interview.

Defence barrister Justin Byrne stated that the sitting judge had dismissed a charge of common assault levelled against his client but had put the restraining order in place to “take the heat” out of the situation.

He told court Rodgers accepted ripping up the restraining order but claimed there had been some shouting from the injured party towards her.

District Judge Eammon King ordered the defendant to pay a fine of £250, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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