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Co Down councillor Henry Reilly to contest charges of assaulting police woman

Independent councillor Henry Reilly

A councillor is to contest charges of twice assaulting a police woman.

Henry Reilly (61) is also accused of resisting the constable, resisting a male constable and causing criminal damage to a police radio and ear piece on September 30 last year.

Mr Reilly, of Ballynahatten Road, Kilkeel, Co Down, is an independent member of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

The court has previously heard that police body camera footage was part of the evidence in the case.

Mr Reilly did not appear at Newry magistrates court today but his defence provided two payslips to the court from his pension and from local government. Legal aid was then granted.

“Obviously these are significant charges,” a defence lawyer said.

“It is anticipated that there will be some issues.

“He is a man with a clear record."

District Judge Mark McGarrity adjourned the case to March 9 for a contest date, with a review in late February.

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