A leading anti-abortion campaigner in Northern Ireland has been convicted of harassing the director of the Marie Stopes Clinic in Belfast.

Bernadette Smyth, a member of the Precious Life group, was convicted of harassing Dawn Purvis outside the clinic on Great Victoria Street in Belfast in January and February of this year.

Ms Smyth had denied the charges.

Sentencing was adjourned by the judge for four weeks.

Ms Smyth declined to comment after the case but outside court her solicitor Aiden Carlin said the verdict was a disappointing day for Christians worldwide and said his client intended to appeal the decision.

Ms Purvis, formerly the leader of the Progressive Unionist Party, which has links to loyalist paramilitaries, was not in court to hear the verdict.