Gloucester mayoral candidate Mac Bell has been ordered by a district court judge to pay $1,128 in restitution in a case in which he was accused of cutting down a fence twice in 2012 on property located next to land that he owns in Gloucester.
Bell was ordered Wednesday to pay the restitution by Peabody District Court Judge Richard Mori, according to court documents.
A spokeswoman from the Essex County District Attorney’s office said the judge placed Bell on nine months probation and ordered him to stay away from Joseph Palmisano, the man who filed the complaint that led to the restitution.
If Bell complies with the court’s orders, any charges will be dismissed at the end of the probation period, according to the DA’s spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan.
Neither Bell, who works in commercial real estate, nor his attorney could be reached for comment.
Bell is running against incumbent Mayor Carolyn Kirk. The election is in November.
Palmisano filed a complaint with the Gloucester District Court in 2012 accusing Bell of malicious destruction of property and trespassing.
According to the court complaint, Palmisano alleged that Bell trespassed on property on Pascucci Court in Gloucester, and sawed down a fence. The fence was replaced on Oct. 7, 2012, and the next day, the new fence was sawed down
The episode was part of a long standing dispute, according to a court document.