Man accused of harassing niece bound over to keep the peace

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A man accused of harassing his niece has been bound over to keep the peace.

Joseph Donnelly, of Westway, denied harassing the woman between March 19 and May 27.

However, the charge was withdrawn after the 52-year-old agreed to be bound over in his own recognizance of £500 to be of good behaviour and keep the peace.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard there was a ‘homophobic’ aspect to the case and there would be an application for a restraining order.

District Judge Barney McElholm granted this application.

The order states that Donnelly must not pester, harass, threaten or intimidate the complainant for two years, particularly in relation to her sexuality.

The judge warned Donnelly a breach of this restraining order was a ‘very serious criminal offence for which a custodial sentence is probable’.