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Man due in court charged with harassing Sinn Féin councillor Patrice Hardy

A man is to appear in court this week charged with harassing high profile Sinn Féin member Patrice Hardy.

A CO Antrim man is to appear in court charged with harassing Sinn Féin councillor Patrice Hardy.

John Lamont, of Blackstone Road in Portglenone, is due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates court on Thursday charged with harassing the primary school teacher who sits on Mid and East Antrim Council.

The charge dates back to April 2016.

As well as harassment the 31-year-old faces a charge of persistent, improper use of the a public communications network for the purpose of causing needless anxiety in relation to alleged harassment of Ms Hardy.

He is also charged with harassment and improper use of a public communications network against a second woman and two similar charges against a man.

None of the three alleged victims are thought to have any connection to each other.

Ms Hardy, a teacher at Holy Cross Boys Primary School in north Belfast, was elected to the Bannside constituency of the Mid and East Antrim council in 2014.

She is the only Sinn Féin member elected in the area, which is traditionally a DUP stronghold.

Ms Hardy is considered a rising star within the party and is often pictured at high profile Sinn Féin events and with members of the party's leadership.

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