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Man breached non-molestation order whilst under suspended sentence for similar offence

He was released on bail ahead of being sentenced next month

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A man who breached a non-molestation order in Portadown will have to wait until next month before he is sentenced.

The district judge ordered a pre-sentence report in the case after being informed that this offence was committed in breach of a suspended sentence for a similar incident.

Philip Smyth, 37, of Leckagh Drive in Magherafelt, pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The particulars outline that the defendant on July 17 breached the order whilst at Brook Lodge in Portadown.

Defence barrister Damien Halloran stated: “This was committed in breach of a suspended sentenced for an identical offence and therefore I would be making an application for a report.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly consented to this application with Smyth being released on bail to appear on September 11 for sentencing.

The same defendant breached a non-molestation order just 18 days after in was put in place last July.

Bail conditions at the time included: no contact with the injured party; not to drink alcohol; not to enter Portadown and to have a curfew between 9pm and 7am.

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