North West Wales

Gwynedd councillor Christopher James O'Neal in court over blackmail

Christopher James O'Neal Image copyright Gwynedd council
Image caption Christopher James O'Neal was bailed at Mold Crown Court

A Gwynedd councillor has appeared in court charged with blackmail.

Christopher James O'Neal, 36, of Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, is alleged to have demanded £7,500 with menaces from a business person on December 27, 2013.

He appeared at Mold Crown Court for a preliminary hearing and was bailed pending a plea hearing in January.

Mr O'Neal, who represents Bangor's Marchog ward, was told not to contact the complainant directly or indirectly.