Appeal date set for anti-abortion campaigner

.'Bernadette Smyth.
.'Bernadette Smyth.

A high-profile anti-abortion campaigner’s appeal against being convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director will be heard in May, it was confirmed on Friday.

Precious Life chief Bernadette Smyth was ordered to complete 100 hours’ community service and told to pay Dawn Purvis £2,000 compensation for the campaign against her.

A five-year restraining order was also imposed to stop the defendant pestering or interfering with the former Progressive Unionist MLA.

The wide-ranging sentence included a further ban on Mrs Smyth going within 20 yards of the front door of the city centre clinic over the next five years.

But the 52-year-old mother-of-four is now pressing ahead with a bid to clear her name.

At Belfast County Court on Friday a judge listed her appeal against both conviction and sentence for hearing on May 11.