Monday 18 December 2017

Footballer Keith Gillespie's ex partner felt 'harassed'

Paul Higgins

RETIRED football star Keith Gillespie was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service for three breaches of a non-molestation order.

The court previously heard how Gillespie (39) of Ballycrochan Avenue in Bangor repeatedly telephoned and texted his ex-partner and even posted a “personal photograph” of her online.

The former Manchester United star pleaded guilty to three separate breaches of a court imposed non-molestation order on dates in December last year and January and February this year.

Deputy District Judge Gerald Trainor told the former premiership winger yesterday “the court stands back from the prospect of custody” but ordered Gillespie to complete 100 hours of community service.

A prosecuting lawyer had outlined how following the breakdown of their relationship, Gillespie’s ex-partner was granted a temporary non-molestation order on December 6 last year.

But within hours of police officers serving it on the retired Premiership star, Gillespie texted her three times.

The lawyer conceded while there was “nothing threatening” in those messages which read: “I got your summons. I spoke to police and realise now why you withheld your number but you are the last one to call so you are not that clever.”

The injured party was “felt harassed by his behaviour”, the court was told. The next breach happened on January 21 this year, a week after the temporary non-molestation was extended for a year when Gillespie telephoned his ex-partner nine times between 2am and 4am.

Gillespie admitted the first breach in December but while he admitted owning the phone which made the early morning calls, he said he had no explanation for them

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