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Joseph Friel appeared at a special sitting of Buncrana District Court.
Joseph Friel appeared at a special sitting of Buncrana District Court.
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A Lurgan man was given suspended prison sentences last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for breaches of a non molestation order.

He was 51-year-old Paul Oliver Heaney, Church Walk, Lurgan, and he appeared via videolink from Maghaberry prison.

For a breach of the order on October 13 this year he was given three months in prison while a two month term, to run consecutively, was imposed for a second breach on October 14. Both sentences were suspended for two years.

Heaney also admitted eight breaches of a probation order. These were revoked and replaced with a two year probation order to run from last Friday.

The court heard that the injured party reported to police on October 14 that the day before Heaney had called at her through the front living room window and had called into her again the next afternoon.

A barrister for the defendant said that he and the injured party live in the same street and pass each other’s houses.

She added that there were no threats made, Heaney just shouted through the door as he walked past. The couple had been in a relationship.

The barrister said Heaney had a long standing problem with alcohol.

A condition of his probation is that he attends as domestic abuse programme.