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Ruth Patterson in court over Facebook comment

A Belfast councillor has appeared in court charged with sending an electronic message that was grossly offensive.

It related to a Facebook comment Ruth Patterson, of the Democratic Unionist Party, made about an imaginary attack on a republican parade in Castlederg.

Some supporters covered their faces and used umbrellas to prevent the media from taking pictures as Ms Patterson entered and left the court building.

Mervyn Jess reports.