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Man denies restraining order breach outside St Cross College

Byoxfordnewspaper

Aug 30, 2022

A formerly homeless man denies harassing a man he originally met at the Quaker meeting house.

Carl McDonald, 50, is accused of breaching the restraining order originally imposed in September last year, banning him from going within 25 metres of the man.

Prosecutors claim he approached the former acquaintance outside St Cross College in St Giles on May 22.

Appearing before Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Bank Holiday Monday, McDonald, now of Donnington Bridge Road, Oxford, pleaded not guilty to breaching a restraining order.

Phil Kouvaritakis, defending, said his client – then living homeless in the graveyard at St Giles’ Church – strongly denied the alleged breach.

The magistrates’ adjourned the case until September 6, when a trial date will be fixed. He was bailed with conditions not to contact the alleged victim.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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