Man accused of harassing loyalist activist Jamie Bryson pleads guilty to Derry offenses
A man threatened by paramilitaries and accused of harassing loyalist activist Jamie Bryson has pleaded guilty to the offenses in Derry.
Robert Beck, 58, whose address was given as Lawrence Hill in Derry, is charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, namely a feather duster, and possession of a ‘knife lockdown ” on March 9, 2021.
He is further accused of failing to stop for the police, driving without insurance and fraudulent use of a vehicle registration mark on the same date.
The defendant previously resided at Station B&B on Northland Road, but this accommodation was removed by the owner last month.
Derry Magistrates’ Court had previously heard that Beck’s substantive cases were related to Newtownards and North Down.
At that hearing, a legal representative also said that the defendant was charged with harassment of a prominent loyalist activist, Jamie Bryson, on January 8 of this year.
At today’s hearing, a defense attorney said his client had ‘been a victim of paramilitary groups’ in North Down which is the only reason he ended up in Derry .
Beck was involved in a “ high level interaction with a number of people ” that he did not want to name in court, the lawyer said.
The defendant’s initial cases will be dealt with on May 19.
Defense attorney said Beck gave him the power to plead guilty in these cases from March 9.
The case was referred to a court sitting on May 20 for the cases to be decided.