Northern Ireland

Keith Gillespie charged over restraining order breach

Keith Gillespie was declared bankrupt in 2010 Image copyright Press Eye
Image caption The 39-year-old had been banned from contacting his ex-partner for two years

Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Keith Gillespie has been charged with breaching a restraining order, less than two weeks after it began.

Gillespie, of Ballycrochan Avenue, Bangor, County Down, is charged with breaching a restraining order barring him from contacting his ex-partner.

The breach occurred on 24 June 2014 on High Street in Bangor.

The 39-year-old did not appear in court on Wednesday.

A defence lawyer for the former footballer accepted the service of papers at Newtownards Magistrates' Court.

The restraining order had been put in place on 11 June 2014, and Gillespie was also sentenced to 100 hours of community service, after he admitted breaching a non-molestation order multiple times.

At the time, the judge imposed a two-year restraining order, which banned Gillespie from contacting the victim or encouraging anyone to contact her on his behalf.

He was also prohibited from going within 200 metres of her home and from setting up any account on any social media website in her name.

However, Gillespie breached the order on 24 June 2014, by having contact with the victim on a street in Bangor.

The judge adjourned the case for two weeks "to put (Gillespie) on his plea".

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