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Tyrone man admits damaging SF posters

Published 04/07/2014

Brendan Hughesb.hughes@irishews.com




A CO TYRONE man charged with assaulting Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew's brother has admitted damaging party election posters.

Alwyn Orr, of Moygashel Lane in Moygashel, is accused of assaulting Felim Óg Gildernew, whose father is Dungannon councillor Phelim Gildernew.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty at Dungannon Magistrates Court on Wednesday to criminal damage of Sinn Féin election posters.

He denied further charges of assault and possessing a pen knife in a public place, namely Main Road in the village of Moygashel. The alleged offences are said to have happened on Thursday May 22 - the night of the local and European elections.

The defendant was released on continuing bail and the case was adjourned until July 16 when a trial date is expected to be set.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew was seen celebrating with her father Phelim during the local election count at Meadow-bank Sports Arena in Magherafelt.

Mr Gildernew, a former Sinn Féin mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council, was re-elected to sit on the new Mid Ulster council.

He was elected to the Clogher Valley district electoral area on the first count with 1,528 first-preference votes, coming a close second to DUP's Frances Burton who topped the poll with 1,584 first preferences.