APPLICATIONS for anonymity in the case of two police officers facing charges of perverting the course of justice have been thrown out after a legal challenge by The Irish News and oElliss media.
Thomas Geoffrey Ellis (49) whose address was given as RUC/PSNI Cookstown is accused of two counts of perverting the course of justice, while co-accused Harry McMahon (45) of RUC/PSNI Dungannon and David Power (45) of RUC/PSNI Spruce -field each face one count. The charges are alleged to have occurred between July 22 and 25 at Cookstown Police Station and involve Mr McMahon and Mr Power removing the contents of a locker belonging to Mr Ellis. He in turn is accused of procuring Mr McMahon to commit the offence and conspiring to pervert the course of justice. Mr Power is accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice in relation to the alleged removal of the locker contents. Dungannon Magistrates Court has never been told the nature of the ‘contents’ in question, or why it could be deemed illegal to remove them from Mr Ellis’s locker. Last week submissions were heard for Mr Ellis and Mr McMahon calling for a ban on the press naming the accused or publishing their images, claiming a risk from dissident republicans. A solicitor for Mr Power informed the court last week that he was withdrawing his appliction for anonymity. The court was told that risk assessments had been carried out on all three defendants and there was no increased threat either prior to or since media coverage. The Irish News, Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life, Sunday World and BBC Northern Ireland, represented by Frances Lynch BL, instructed by Olivia O’Kane of Carson McDowell, made submissions opposing the applications in the interests of open justice and public interest. The ruling was adjourned for consideration and delivered yesterday. District Judge John Meehan opened his judgment by citing the five obligations of legal advocates, before issuing his final ruling. “Whilst I stopped short of including it in the judgment, I am drawn to the country and western song by Kenny Rogers, The Gambler - in which is stated: ‘You’ve got to know when to hold, and know when to fold. The applications are rejected,” he said. In an 11-page judgment, Judge Meehan noted that counsel for Mr Ellis and Mr McMahon “could offer no evidence that continued publicity would excite a real and immediate risk to life.” “Neither counsel was prepared to answer my question as to whether the application, if successful, would result in blanket anonymity for any police officer charged with a criminal offence in the courts,” the judge said. None of the accused attended yesterday’s hearing. A full-day hearing of the evidence will be held on April 29 which will determine if a trial is to proceed.
With many thanks to: The Irish News.
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Margate pervert plied girls of 11 with alcohol for ‘glamour’ pictures
A 63-year-old pervert plied girls as young as 11 with alcohol – and then coaxed them into posing for photographs in their underwear.
Schoolgirls – aged between 11 and 14 – were given sexy clothes by pervert Paul Baker and made to perform “glamour” poses.
When police raided his home in High Street, Margate, Baker blamed the girls – saying they asked him to take the snaps.
A judge has now heard that none of the girls were sexually assaulted by Baker.
But a forensic search of Baker’s computer revealed he also had a stash of 50 illegal sex images, which he had downloaded on the internet after searching for “pre-teen” pictures.
Baker has now been jailed for 21 months and ordered to keep away from children in the future after admitting eight charges of taking indecent…
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Predatory paedophile who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old schoolboy in his bed is jailed
A predatory paedophile who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old schoolboy in his bed has been jailed for more than a year
John Law showed no emotion as he was sentenced to 58 weeks in prison at Livingston Sheriff Court.
Law (29) of Shotts, North Lanarkshire, earlier pled guilty to getting into bed with the schoolboy on three separate occasions.
Law who worked behind bars and ran local discos repeatedly groped the boy and forced him to perform sex acts, the court heard.
The offences took place at various addresses in Fauldhouse, West Lothian between March 1 and April 30, 2013.
Kevin Dugan, defending, said Law lacked proper insight into his offending.
“He really doesn’t quite see that the victim here is a victim.
He’s certainly a young man who takes this whole matter very seriously, albeit…
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HOUSING minister Nelson McCausland has been accused of making misleading claims over the number of Catholics and Protestants on the waiting list in North Belfast.
SDLP deputy leader, Delores Kelly made the comment after figures provided by the DUP minister in February were contradicted by the Housing Executive, which answers to Mr McCausland, under the Freedom of Information Act. Mrs Kelly claimed the minister had made misleading claims regarding the “social housing crisis” in North Belfast. The Upper Bann assembly member also questioned the minister’s interpretation of housing figures. “In the assembly that day, the minister said, ‘there is no disadvantage. There is no discrimination’,” she said. “Mr McCausland said that in September 2013 there were 2,059 Protestants on the housing waiting list in north Belfast and 1,986 Catholics – roughly equal numbers in both communities in the area. However, the minister knows he is being misleading. “Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information Act, submitted to the Housing Executive by St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s Housing Committee on February 5 asking the very same question reveal – as of March 2013 – there were 1,261 Catholics on the housing waiting list in north Belfast compared to 545 Protestants.” Mrs Kelly said that in February Mr McCausland, pictured above, accused her of having “concocted ridiculous figures”. She now says the Department of Social Development minister must “clarify” his position. “The Housing Executive’s own figures are in stark contrast to the picture painted by the housing minister on February 3,” she said. “The social development minister must clarify if he believed the Housing Executive is wrong and has also ‘concocted ridiculous figures’ too? “[This is an] extremely serious issue that is affecting the lives of hundreds of people daily in north Belfast. He has urgent questions to answer.” Frank Dempsey, from St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s Housing Committee, said the Housing Executive figures are not surprising. “We have been saying this consistently year after year in relation to the housing figures in north Belfast,” he said. “Nelson McCausland can stand up in the assembly and say what he wants but he can’t argue with the figures, they are in black and white.” The Department for Social Development did not provide a response to Mrs Kelly’s comments when contacted.
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News.
Anger after no curbs put on loyalist parade on same street
‘This determination makes no sense. This parade is by some of the residents of Carrick Hill and is not being held by people from outside the area as is the case with loyal order parades - JJ Magee.
THE organisers of an independent republican march have complained after they were ordered by the Parades Commission not to play music in a nationalist district of North Belfast.
And their anger was compounded last night after it emerged that no restrictions have been placed on a loyalist parade on the same street two days later. The republican parade, which is organised by Carrick Hill Friends of Erin Go Bragh Flute Band, is due to take place through the nationalist district at 2.15pm on Saturday. The Glasgow-based band has travelled from Scotland to take part in 1916 commemortions over the Easter period and members are expected to stay in the Carrick Hill district during their visit. It emerged last night that the Parades Commission has banned music being played between the junction of Stanhope Street and Clifton Street and the junction of Carrick Hill and Tyrone Street. Supporters have also been banned from the same section of the route. Just one band and up to 60 participants are expected to take part in the march. Organisers reacted angrily last night after it emerged that no restrictions have been placed on a loyalist band taking part in an Apprentice Boys parade along Clifton Street on Easter Monday during which nationalist intend to hold a protest. Parade organiser Emanuel Conway described the Parades Commission decision as “illogical” and confirmed the Parades Commission will be asked to carry out a reveiw. “The parade will not be touching on any interface but according to the Parades Commission they received oral representations which, we must assume led to this decision being made,” he said. “The members of the Parades Commission must be ignorant of the geography of the area. “The road which is Carrick Hill is a populated area with houses and flats/apartments on both sides of the road. “The determination therefore would make it illegal for anyone to come out of their home to await or follow the band.” North Belfast Shame Fein councillor JJ Magee hit out at the ruling. “This determination makes no sense. This parade is by some of the residents of Carrick Hill and is not being held by people from outside the area as is the case with loyal order parades,” he said. “The parade should not be restricted in this way as it is non-contentious and the determination is illogical.” News of the latest controversy in North Belfast comes after the Parades Commission banned nationalists from protesting outside St Patrick’s Church but allowed loyalists, who have ignored previous rulings, to march past the Catholic place of worship. Nationalists have been holding protests against loyal order parades since July 2012 when Shankill Road-based Young Conway Volunteers were filmed walking in circles while playing the Anti-Catholic sectarian Famine Song. And also walked free from court afer claiming to not have seen the signs warning them not to play music outside the Catholic Church.
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, For the origional story.
COLOUR party uniforms belonging to Republican Sinn Fein (RSF) were seized during police raids in Craigavon last week. http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/webimage/1.5560656.1381077197!/image/3090683238.jpg_gen/derivatives/articleImgDeriv_628px/3090683238.jpg The uniforms were due to be used during annual Easter commemoration in Lurgan this Saturday. It is understood as many as 18 uniforms were taken from a house in the Drumbeg estate on Friday. Sources say the uniforms were bought to replace two sets previously taken by the RUC/PSNI and they are regularly used during events organised by the hardline party. The same set of uniforms is believed to have been used by a guard of honour at the funeral of Co Donegal republican Joe O’Neill (pictured above) who died last year. The items recovered included trousers, jumpers, boots, scarves and berets. While it is not clear why they were seized it is understood a number of people arrested in the North Armagh area recently have been questioned about images that appeared in a calendar produced by Republican Sinn Fein. RSF spokesman Martin Duffy condemned the RUC/PSNI operation, claiming it was “heavy handed.” “This happens the same time every year when Republican Sinn Fein is holding a commemoration,” he said. “It’s just harassment to try and stop it but they won’t stop it.” Meanwhile, a shotgun was also discovered during a search of another property nearby on Friday. A 49-year-old man and 52-year-old woman arrested at the time were later released. With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News.
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Rebecca (not her real name) has narrowly escaped eviction from a hostel. She tries to eat on less than £20 a month. That doesn’t work so well, so she called into this London food bank a few days ago for some support. This 22-year-old travels two to three hours each way by bus across London to work weekend shifts for a retailer, but only earns £56 a week. There’s no more work on offer there, so she has to stick with what she’s got. Her jobseeker’s allowance amounts to £2.57 a week. She’s glad she doesn’t have children, ‘because I’m struggling to feed myself, let alone kids’. Welcome to the wonderful neo-Dickensian world without prospects that we’ve created for a growing number of young adults in London.
Despite the frustration and drudgery she faces each…
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While Martin McGuinness dines with the head of the British Armed forces which continues to occupy Ireland’s 6 North Eastern Counties. The British Military are ransacking and terrorising communities which have not bought into the sell-out that was the Belfast Agreement.
For the second time in a week swarms of PSNI land-rovers and British Military vehicles have invaded Craigavon in typical fashion tearing through homes and abusing the inhabitants.
The above is a warrant for one of the houses! Notice it says “military on behalf of PSNI”. This is despite media propaganda which suggests the British Army are not on Irish streets. More lies from an imperial force whose days are spent. Reports at present, two arrested.
Oppression breeds Resistance. England get out of Ireland.
High court write have been served on the Chief Constable, Secretary of State and Ministry of Defence on behalf of 32 families alleging COLLUSION with a loyalist murder gang in the 1970s.
The writs are in relation to three murders carried out by the notorious Glenanne Gang, which operated in Mid Ulster and included rogue members of the UDR and RUC. The UVF, UDR and RUC gang has been blamed for up to 120 killings in a murder spree spanning a five-year period. Those who died at the hands of the Glenanne Gang included SDLP brance secretary Denis ‘Dinny’ Mullen, who was shot dead at his Co Armagh home in September 1975. Mr Mullan’s daughter Denise, was the SDLP’s Belfast headquarters yesterday as the mass action was launched. Ms Mullan, who was four at the time of her father’s murder, is a candidate for the party in Dungannon in the forthcoming local government elections. She said her family was seeking “accountabilty and clarity” over her father’s murder and that of other nationalists by members of the security forces. “This is just the start of my quest for truth and accountability-it is the very least my Mother and I deserve,” she said. Lawyer Kevin Winters said the failure of the RUC/PSNI to sanction an “overarching, thematic” Historical Enquiries Team (HET) report linking all of the atrocities carried out by the gang togeather and the recent collapse of the Haass proposals on the past had left many families with little alternative but to take legal action. Writs have also been served relating to the killings of Patrick Falls, a Catholic murdered during a 1974 attack on a bar in Clonoe in Co Tyrone, and the death of Betty McDonald at a bar in Keady, Co Armagh. SDLP justice spokesman Alban Maginness MLA said: “A total of 32 families have agreed to take part in this unprecedented mass litigation which addresses the very serious instances of collusion that took place during the course of the Troubles.”
With many thanks to: John Manley (Political reporter), The Irish News.
If you go through all the hoops and hoopla required to cut a deal that enables you to govern together, then the very least we can expect is that you do, in fact, provide something that resembles government.
THE results of the assembly elections in November 2003 represented a turning point in the political process. Indeed, it could be argued that they represented the end of phase one of the Belfast Agreement and the beginning of phase two.
Once the DUP and Shame Fein eclipsed the UUP and SDLP in terms of votes and seats it became clear that further progress would be dependent on a deal between Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams. Some people beleived that such a deal would be impossible. That wasn’t my view. I had argued long ago as December 1999 (shortly after the Ulster Unionist Council had voted to set up an executive before PIRA decommissioning had begun) that if the DUP “finds a way of staying in an executive process which includes Shame Fein it will mean that they have abandoned the strategy of destroying the structures and institutions”. Well, they did find a way – they opted for rotating their ministers and committed themselves to reaching a “fairer, better agreement”. What followed between January 2004 and May 2007 was a very carefully orchestrated mating dance between two potential partners who beleived that the other was capable of biting off their head. All sorts of people acted as go-betweens and key figures in Tony Blair’s administration ensured that pressure was kept on both sides. Oh yes, there were some very rocky moments, particularly in and around the negotiations at St Andrews in October 2006, but there wasn’t ever much doubt that both parties were keen to cut the deal and get into government with each other. In March 2007 Shame Fein and the DUP won 64 seats in the assembly elections and took 56 per cent of the total vote. A few weeks later Paisley (pictured above) and McGuinness accepted the roles of first and deputy first minister. Phase two of the process had officially begun. What they signed up to was the co-equal governing of the North of Ireland through the assembly and the executive. Their task was to produce an ageed Programme for Government and a consensual blueprint for a ‘new era political process’. Their joint responsibility was to build a shared future and knock down the barriers which had kept us in our own us-and-them ghettoes for so long. They would, or so they said, be much better than the UUP, and SDLP because they had ensured the stability of the institutions and replaced Trimble’s ‘constructive ambiguity’ with certainty and clarity. Yet here we are, seven years later and relations between the parties are worse than they have ever been. Mitchel McLaughlin, Martin McGuinness, Declan Kearney and Gerry Adams are warning anyone who will listen that the process is in danger of collapse. S ammy Wilson, Gregory Campbell and Peter Robinson are hinting at chaos and ‘nuclear options’ if the present impasse over welfare legislation isn’t resolved pretty quickly. None of them can agree on health, education, a shared future or key environmental issues. The reform of local government has morphed into yet another carve-up, creating eleven mini-Stormonts, complete with inbuilt stalemate and mutual veto. What the hell did they think they were signing up for in May 2007? If you go through all the hoops and hoopla required to cut a deal that enables you to govern togeather, then the very least we can expect is that you do, in fact, provide something that resembles government. Government consists of making decisions, some of which will be unpleasant and unpopular. It doesn’t consist of kicking everything into the long grass, farming it out for consulation, killing it off with a petition of concern, or boring it intos submission with yet another dialogue of the deaf on The Nolan Show. We don’t have debate at the heart of government here. What we have is little more than wrestling in Jelly. And the parties don’t actually give a damn that no-one is watching the spectacle. The UUP, SDLP and Alliance complain about the stasis but not one of them has bothered coming up with a costed, thought-through alternative. The DUP and Shame Fein are happy to blame each other while chasing their usual orange and green votes. They thrive on polarisation and will continue to promote it. Meanwhile, nothing will change. Direct rule has been replaced with local non-rule as phase two withers and cracks and a new generation of DUP and Shame Fein representatives lifts up the old arguments and grudges. GOD HELP US ALL – is this really as really as good as it gets here?
With many thanks to: Alex Kane, for the (origional story), The Irish News.