Ex-secretary of 1066 LVA faces stalking charge

Police say Joseph O'Riordan, 76, is charged with four offences of harassment and one of stalking.
Police say Joseph O'Riordan, 76, is charged with four offences of harassment and one of stalking.

The former secretary of the 1066 Licensed Victuallers’ Association has been charged with stalking his ex-wife, police say.

Police say Joseph O'Riordan, 76, formerly of Polegate, answered a summons at Maidstone Magistrates Court last Thursday (January 18), charging him with four offences of harassment and one offence of stalking against his ex-wife.

Police say the harassment charges allege that, on four occasions between January and September 2017, O'Riordan sent vexatious civil claims applications by post to her, in breach of a Crown Court restraining order.

The stalking charge alleges his conduct amounted to stalking, police said.

O'Riordan did not enter a plea.

He was remanded in custody and the case was sent for trial to Maidstone Crown Court, with an initial hearing to be held there on February 15.