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Man accused of trying to access Swift property appears in court

WAKEFIELD — A 38-year-old Massachusetts man charged with trespassing on the Watch Hill property of superstar singer Taylor Swift made another appearance in 4th Division Court before Judge Madeline Quirk on Friday.

Daniel P. Cole was the only defendant in a crowded courtroom dressed in a suit as he appeared before the judge at his pretrial conference. He has had a number of pretrial appearances where an attorney has accompanied him.

Cole was arrested on March 20 after Westerly police said he failed to heed previous warnings to stay away from the singer’s estate, located at 16 Bluff Ave. in Watch Hill. In the visit that led to his arrest, police said Cole told security guards on duty that Swift “had called him and asked that he come down to visit and to tell the guards it’s OK.”

Police, who also charged Cole with disorderly conduct, said Swift was not home at the time of his arrest.

Authorities said Cole began cursing and refused to leave his truck as requested by police who were called to the scene. When out of the vehicle, a police report on the incident indicates that he briefly struggled with Officer Terrance Malaghan before being subdued and placed in a cruiser. He was taken to the Westerly police station, where he was charged, held and brought to court the next day for his initial appearance, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The March incident wasn’t the first time Westerly police had contact with Cole. Officers were called to Swift’s residence on both Dec. 9 and Dec. 21, 2013.

In the Dec. 21 incident, Cole, driving a pickup truck, blocked the entrance to the property then reportedly became upset when he was asked to move his vehicle after being told he was not going to be allowed to visit 24-year-old singer. He was “escorted” to Interstate 95, according to police, to ensure he left the area. Cole’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 13.

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