Northern Ireland

Ballymena councillor convicted of attempted rape

William Wilkinson
Image caption William Wilkinson has denied the charges

A Ballymena councillor has been convicted of trying to rape a woman who was described as a casual acquaintance.

However the jury are to return to Antrim Crown Court on Thursday to resume their deliberations on a charge of rape against 33-year-old William Wilkinson from the Tully Road in Portglenone.

He has denied the charges.

Mr Wilkinson, 33, sits as a United Unionist Coalition Party member.

He originally held the seat for the DUP but left the party three years ago.