Court in Ballymena is told ‘street preacher’ David McConnell who faces five ‘common assault’ charges is likely to contest the matters

Street preacher David McConnell leaving court on an earlier occasion. Picture: North East News

A MAN who is well-known as a ‘street preacher’ and for handing out Gospel Tracts in a town centre, who is accused of five charges of ‘common assault,’ is likely to contest the matters, the Magistrates Court in Ballymena was told on Monday.

David McConnell (63), of Liswatty Road, Coleraine, is alleged to have, according to the charge sheet, assaulted the same female on four dates in January and February this year.

He is also charged with assaulting another female and resisting a police officer in the execution of her duty.

The case was mentioned at Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena on Monday, in the absence of the defendant.

No further details surrounding the alleged circumstances behind the charges were given to the court during a brief hearing.

Defence barrister Thomas McKeever said he has not yet had an opportunity to consult with the accused but said he suspected that having read the interview the defendant will be contesting all matters and added that the accused had also given instructions to that effect to his solicitor.

District Judge Peter King said the defendant’s after caution statements were “clearly not guilty”.

Formal not guilty pleas have yet to be entered at court.

The case was adjourned to November 2 to get the “attitude” of the defendant to the charges.

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