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alleged bully Maths teacher in court over intimidation, forgery and threats to kill charges

It's understood the charges follow an investigation into complaints of harassment and intimidation over incidents at St Patrick's High School in Keady

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Patrick Hollywood

Patrick Hollywood

Patrick Hollywood

A Co Armagh maths teacher was today ordered to stand trial accused of harassment, intimidation and making threats to kill.

Appearing at Newry Magistrates Court by videolink from the offices of Arthur J. Downey solicitors, 40-year-old Patrick Hollywood confirmed that he was aware of the 19 charges against him and that he did not object to the Preliminary Enquiry, the legal step necessary to elevate any case to the Crown Court.

Hollywood, from the Upper Fathom Road in Newry and who was a teacher at St Patrick's High School in Keady, faces seven charges of making a threat to kill, six of harassment, four of attempted intimidation and single counts of forgery and causing another person to fear that violence would be used against them, all alleged to charge been committed between 31 December, 2016 and 1 December, 2018.

It is understood the charges follow an investigation into complaints of harassment and intimidation over incidents at St Patrick's High School in Keady which was at the centre of allegations of English and maths GCSE exam malpractice by teachers following some high marks achieved at the school.

According to the particulars of the forgery offence, Hollywood forged “a letter of dismissal, with the intention of using it to induce another person to accept it as genuine and, by reason of so accepting it, to do some act, or not to do some act, to his own or any other person's prejudice.”

In relation to the attempted intimidation charges, Hollywood is accused of trying to use “force, threats or menaces” to cause a female complainant “to refrain from doing an act, namely, helping Patrick Hollywood pursue an appeal against sanctions imposed by the CCEA” while he tried to make another female complainant “reject the appeal submitted by Patrick Hollywood to the CCEA.”

One of the other intimidation allegations accuses Hollywood of trying to use “force, threats or menaces or in any way whatsoever to cause another person to refrain from...taking up the post of Principal of St. Patrick's High School, Keady.

While none of the facts surrounding the charges were opened in court today, a prosecuting lawyer submitted there was a Prima Facie case against Hollywood, a submission conceded by his defence solicitor.

The court clerk told Hollywood that although not obliged to he had the right to comment on the charges and to call evidence to the PE on his behalf but he declined the opportunity.

Freeing the alleged bully on bail, Deputy District Judge Ann Marshall returned the case to Newry Crown Court and ordered Hollywood to appear for his arraignment on 27 May.

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