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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

‘Seems to me it WASN’T police’ Judge says as Woman appears needlessly at court

In an odd set of circumstances on Monday afternoon, a Barrister said a Woman had turned up to Coleraine Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Ballymena, after being told the previous evening by a ‘Police Office’ that she had breached bail and needed to attend.

Barrister Neil Moore told those present that the Woman answered to door on the previous evening to someone who identified themselves as a Police Officer. The Office informed the Woman that she had breached her bail conditions.

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Instead of arresting the Woman, which would be standard practice in these circumstances, the person at the door said because of her childcare commitments, she was instead being asked to attend Court the following day.

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Mr Moore said that the Woman had “no legal basis to be here” and that the legal obligation was “upon the Police to arrest her” regardless of childcare.

The PPR representative in the Court confirmed that there was nothing regarding any breaches suggesting that it wasn’t Police Officers who attended the Woman’s property.

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Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop said: “Seems to me it wasn’t the police” concluding, “there’s another crime to be investigated.”

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