A CASE of racially aggravated harassment against a Pegswood man will be heard in the crown court.
Jim Burley, 74, of West View, is accused of sending racially-offensive letters to Sharon Auld between March and December of last year.
Although he did not formally enter a plea at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court on Monday, his solicitor John Monkhouse said he has selected a trial by jury.
Burley, a former Pegswood Parish Council Chairman, was told to return to the Bedlington court on October 17 for committal to Newcastle Crown Court.
He was granted conditional bail.