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The man accused of harassing South Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney to fight the caseSEDI News

Brandon Paxton (23), of Castlewater Wood, Antrim Town, is charged with harassment between July 10 and July 13, 2021.

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He is also charged with five counts of improper use of public electronic communications for allegedly sending the messages on July 11 and July 12 last year.

An earlier sitting of Antrim Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Ballymena, heard “The complainant is the MLA – Declan Kearney”.

Declan Kearney MLA

Back in the same court, on November 1, a defense barrister said there were “some difficulties” in deciding the case for contest.

The court heard that two witnesses for the prosecution – a “citizen witness” (Mr Kearney) and the investigating police officer and one witness for the defense – (the accused).

A prosecutor said the “citizen witness” was only available on Friday, saying “the rest of the week is taken up by his legislative duties”.

The defense barrister said the assembly was “not sitting”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said criminal courts in the Antrim and Ballymena areas do not normally sit on Fridays.

The prosecutor said that when the lawmaker’s office was contacted again about the situation on Friday, “what we have been told is with the recent developments around the December elections they have very limited dates available but if we get a short postponement they can go ahead. Their calendar again – or maybe January would be a better possibility.”

Judge Broderick adjourned the case until November 8 to determine a possible date for the contest.