A MAN who is well-known as a ‘street preacher’ and for handing out Gospel Tracts in a town centre, who had been accused of five charges of ‘common assault,’ has had four of the assault charges withdrawn by prosecutors at Ballymena Courthouse.
David McConnell (63), of Liswatty Road, Coleraine, had been accused of assaulting a female on four dates in January and February this year.
At Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena on Monday, those four charges were withdrawn.
A prosecutor said one alleged assault against another female on February 21 this year remains as well as a charge of resisting a police officer in the execution of her duty on the same date.
A defence barrister said his instructing solicitor had been in touch with the Public Prosecution Service in respect of the four assault charges against the one female, saying: “I’m not sure if withdrawal statements have been made yet and he was to speak to someone in the PPS in respect of that and whether pleas could be accepted in relation to the other charges”.
The prosecutor told the court the four charges relating to the one female could be withdrawn.
The defence lawyer then added that he hoped the remaining charges could be “capable of disposal” very soon.
The barrister said he had still to consult with the defendant and asked for the case to be adjourned for two weeks “and that will hopefully be for disposal”.
No further details surrounding the alleged circumstances behind the charges were given to the court.
District Judge Peter King wanted to know what the defendant’s record was like and and asked if it was a case he could deal with without a pre-sentence report when it comes back to court.
The judge noted the defendant had previous convictions for resisting police and disorderly behaviour.
The judge then said it was a case he could deal with without a pre-sentence report.
The case was adjourned to mid-November.