Court told of recon against police and prison officers
Prosecutors said reconnaissance was used against police and prison staff, including a governer, over a two-year period. Suspects drove past one target’s home more than 50 times in eight days, a judge was told. Details emerged as one of three men accused of a plot to bomb and killwas refused bal. Damien Duffy (43), of Campbell Walk in Lurgan, Co Armagh, is charged with conspiracy to murder, conspiring to cause an explosion and collecting iformation likely to be used to terrorists. He was arrested in May last year after a nine-month police iinvestigation involving surveillance, tracking and covert recordings. The alleged offences, stretching back to November 2009, relate to police and prison officers ‘ movements in the Lurgan and Craigavon areas, their addresses and routes taken to and from work. A prosecution barrister said audio recordings showed the Kilmore Road and Cottage Road junction in Lurgan was to be used for a mortar-bomb attack on security forces. The location is on a route regularly used by police and prison staff, the court heard. Alleged discussions between the suspects including references to lines of sight, getting angles right and breaking cover. The barrister said attack planning was carried out on two identified prison officers as they came and went to Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim.
Lord Justice Coghlin was told that the governor’s home in a rural setting was passed several times for no apparent legitimate reason. The barrister said two of the accused scouted one officer’s home on 54 occasions – including 21 times in a 90-minute period. According to police, anti surveillance techniques and U-turns were performed. Discussions about the areas for carrying out an attack, escape routes and “giving it 20 seconds to get down there” were recorded, the court heard. It was accepted that forensic analysis of the audio recordings was unable to attribute any of the remarks to Duffy. However, the court was told independent witnesses said he had been in the car used during the alleged offences. Mark Mulholland QC, defending, said Duffy should be released due to the “paucity” of evidence and delays in processing the case. “The starting point is what can be aattributed to this accused and at no time is there any express reference to targeting, weaponry or anything of that nature,” he said. “What appears to be a case grounded principally on what can be inferred or speculated was at hand does not pass muster. “In the period of time the accused was under surveillance, whatever was being suggested by the prosecution absolutely nothing happened.” Lord Justice Coghlin said an explanation would eventually have to be given. Separating terrorist offences from other crimes, he said: “It’s nothing whatever to do with the political beliefs of those charged. “It’s to do with a very small group of people who are not prepared to take part in a democracy but wish to achieve what they beleive to be some firm of political end by killing and injuring people. “In cases of terrorism the offence is driven by a warped political ideology. Therefore there is a significantly higher risk of further offences.”
With many thanks to : The Irish News.
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‘This has gone past the issue of [the] appeal. This has become intimidation in my view and I think a number of people in this room will agree with me, it’s now intimidation - Darragh Mackin.
A SOLICITOR for one of the men convicted of Constable Stephen Carroll’s muder has accused the PSNI of “intimidation” of defence lawyers in the case and said he was “terrified” that he would be arrested for representing his client.
Darragh Mackin made the remarks during a public discussion organised by supporters of Co Armagh men Brendan McConville and John Paul Wotton who were convicted of shooting the officer dead in Craigavon in 2009. McConville, from Lurgan, was jailed for a minimum of 25 years while Wotton (21), from Craigavon, was told he will have to serve at least 14 years following their trial in 2011. Both men have continued to protest they had no part in the Continuity IRA sniper attack. Campaigners and the men’s legal teams have raised questions about eyewitness and forensic evidence. Last Friday Mr Mackin claimed that the PSNI had attempted to “undermine” an appeal hearing that was due to be held in April. He confirmed that his office has contacted the UN special rapporteur in connection with the case. Controversy erupted on the day of the appeal was due to begin after a defence barrister claimed police had attempted to “sabotage” the hearing.
It was also revealed that a new defence witness was arrested and questioned by police before being released without charge days before the appeal was due to begin. McConville’s legal team bbelieve they and the new witness had been under security-force surveillance in the lead-up to the appeal hearing, which will now be held in October. The solicitor says he and a colleague, Peter Corrigan, feared that that they too would be arrested.
“I will never forget the day when we went down to Brendan McConville’s appeal, obviously with members of the farmily, and it’s an absolutely terrifying fact to think there’s a chance – and Peter would agree with me on this – that me or him or both of us will be arrested at that point in time,” he said. “This has gone past the issue of [the] appeal. This has become intimidation in my view and I think a number of people in this room will agree with me, it’s now intimidatIon.” A PSNI spokesman said: “Since this matter is currently before the courts, we are unable to comment.” Shame Fein policing board member Pat (the rat) Sheehan told those at the discussion that the case “looks like a clear mmiss carriage of justice”. A PSNI spokesman said: “As a member of the board, Mr Sheehan will have opportunities to raise issues with senior officers in both open and private sessions.”
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‘They can lose me as many jobs as they want buy I am never going to work for [them] - Matt Johnston, pictured
A BELFAST man has claimed he lost his job after attempts were made to recruit him as a police informer. Matt Johnston, from the republican New Lodge area, said police seized his car outside an east Belfast warehouse where he worked last month.
According to the father-of-two who has previous convictions, officers demanded to search his car at Castlereagh PSNI station after earlier raiding the house in north Belfast where his children live and visiting a recruitment agency in search of him. He says that while later walking to the station to pick up his car he was approached by two men as he walked along Dill Street, close to the former RUC interrogation centre.The 32-year-old says the men asked him to supply information about two Belfast-based republicans and refereed to his former membership of a residents group set up to support people in Carrick Hill opposed to loyalist parades past St Patrick‘s Church.
Johnston says that during the encounter the men told him they could arrange for him to lose his job. In June 2012 he was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a tiger kidnap robbery in 2008. He served nine months in Maghaberry and was released last March due to time already served on remand. “Is this their new tactic, if you don’t work for us we will starve you into it?” he asked. “They wanted to rattle my cage and ttest the water with me to see what I was made of. They can lose me as many jobs as they want but I am never going to work for [them].” Politicians have routinely defended the use of informers to combat dissident Republican attacks. UUP justice minister Tom Elliot recently said that while everyone has the right to question security force tactics “they also have a right to prevent any acts of criminality and I support their right to do that”. A spokeswoman for the PSNI said: “We do not comment on intelligence matters and no inference should be drawn from this.”
With many thanks to : Connla Young, The Irish News.
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- Orange Order Chief’s Car Damaged in East Belfast Wrecking Spree (belfastdaily.co.uk)
- DUP stand by Patterson (newsletter.co.uk)
Petrol bombs and blast bombs thrown
Despite appeals for calm from police and politicians a pipe bomb was thrown at officers in north Belfast and loyalist rioters attacked police in south Belfast last night. Police fired at least one baton round and used water connon on rioters on lower Newtownards Road in the east of the city after attacks on homes in the nationalist Short Strand area. Masked men threw four blast bombs from the loyalist Pitt Park area at police on lower Newtownards Road. Noone was injured. Up to 50 rioters threw stones stones and other missiles at police in the Glenmachan Street and Broadway areas of South Belfast. In North Belfast hundreds of loyalists, many wearing Orange regalia, blocked Twaddell Avenue for several hours and up to three bands walked up the road playing The Sash. Loyalists threw petrol bombs and missiles at police near the Mount Vernon estate and a vehicle was set alight. Loyalist protesters blocked roads in the Corcrain area of Portadown, Co Armagh, including a junction with the nationalist Garvaghy Road.
In Derry officers seized 20 paint bombs during a whiteline protest by loyalists on the main Glendermott and Limavady Roads. Paint was thrown at two Protestant churches in Derry erarlier yesterday, an attack condemned by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Early yesterday evening police narrowly escaped serious injury after a pipe bomb expolded close to officers in north Belfast. The device was thrown from the nationalist Brompton Park area of Ardoyne at police on Crumlin Road at about 5pm yesterday. Noone was injured in the attack, which was swiftly condemned by nationalist and unionist politicians. A seven-year-old was on the street at the time of the attack, Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said. Superintendent Emma Bond said the bomb could have badly injured officers. “We consider ourselves extremely fortunate that we are not dealing with a much more serious incident and that all the officers were able to walk away from the situation unharmed,” she said. Loyalists held demonstrations across Belfast and other towns last night in protest at the Parades Commission’s decision to block Orangemen and bands from parading past Ardoyne shops on the evening of the Twelfth. Protests were held on Shankill Road in West Belfast, Sandy Row and Castlereagh Street in east Belfast as well as in Dondonald and Antrim.
With many thanks to : Claire Simpson and Connia Young, The Irish News.
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- Child’s lucky escape after dissidents throw blast bomb (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- 27 Police Officers Injured and Six Blast Bombs Thrown in Fourth Night of Violence (belfastdaily.co.uk)
‘ What we are trying to eencourage is actually using plants such as climbing roses, barbarous plants that have a high thorn content, so you can protect your property - Kenny McHugh.
The PSNI explained to people in the Clooney Community Centre in Derry‘s Waterside the bbenefits of ‘defensive planting’ – flowers, shrubs and trees with sharp spines which would put off criminals. “What we are trying to encourage is actually using plants such as climbing roses, barbarous plants that have high thorn content, so you can protect your property,” Kenny McHugh from the crime prevention branch said. “When you look at the value of property that’s actually stored in your shed, on average your talking about £1,200 up to £1,500. “That’s very attractive to a burglar.” The event on Thursday was used to launch a public information leaflet on defensive planting which will be made available across the North of Ireland.
It includes a ‘spike rating’ of the best plants. “Criminals do not like climbingthrough prickly plants and hedges,” the leaflet says. “They know that a small item of ripped clothing or blood can help the police identify them.” Horticulturist Gareth Austin, who helped to develop the leaflet, said the response has been very positive. “A lot of what we’re covering is common-sense but it’s simple things that make the difference. “I’ve had tools go missing on me before and at £30 for a spade it all adds up. “All of my own tools are both visibly marked with UV ink.” The leaflet also encourages homeowners to keep boundary fences and hedges low to “allow as much natural surveillance as possible from neighbours and passing pedrestrians and traffic”. The PSNI urged anyone who suspects garden crime to call their neighbourhood crime prevention officer on 0845 600 800.
With many thanks to : CActual McGuigan, The Irish News.
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- Continued Abuse of Children and Illegal Stop Searches by the Psni/ruc (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- SF MLA was “forced to” cling to front of PSNI landrover (newsletter.co.uk)
- Burglar who took the biscuit and got caught red-handed at Piccadilly station (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
Sex offender banned from being within 100m of areas where kids congregate.
CONCERNS have been raised about how police and social services are monitoring a hhigh-profile loyalist jailed for sexually abusing a 13-year-old schoolgirl. Convicted paedophile Mark Harbinson (45) received a three-and-a-half year sentence for molesting the schoolgirl and having topless pictures of her on his mobile phone.
Harbinson, from sheepwalk Road in Stoneyford, was released from Magilligan Prison last month. He will remain monitored by police, probition and social services as a convicted sex offender untill May 2017. Among the restrictions placed upon him are he must not communicate or associate with any youths under 18-years-of-age. However, it is beleived that since his release Harbinson has reinvolved himself with The Pride of the Village flute band despite the band having very young members. The group has applied to hold a mass band parade through the village involving 20 bands and more than 1,000 supporters next Sarurday. Residents say Harbinson has also been seen in the company of teenagers at a loyalist bonfire site on the outskirts of Stoneyford, in direct breach of his release conditions. These state he must not be within 100 meters of areas “where children congregate without prior notification of Social Services”.
Police have been asked to clarify if Harbinson – who was expelled from the Orange Order following his conviction – has breached the terms of his release since returning to the area. South Antrim MLA Michel McLaughlin is to meet the PSNI area district commander today. Mr McLaughlin said peope had raised concerns about Harbinson return to the village and tensions linked to it. “There has not been a bonefire in this village for sometime,” he said. “I understand that Mark Herbinson has involved himself in the village band and was seen on Tuesday afternoon in the company of youths at the bonefire site,” he said. “I will be meeting with police to hear how they intend handling the situation in Stoneyford.”
Answers sought over paedophile’s possible breach of release terms.
Restrictions placed upon him include :
- That he must not “without reasonable excuse cause or excuse from directly initiating any comnunicition with or initiating access to and having association with any children under the age of 18.
- Having any young person under 18 in any vehicle which he owns or has access to without prior approval from Social Services and his Designated Risk Manger.
- Possessing any software including mobile telephone/ computer technology/ camera, which would store files or images of young persons unless approved by his designated risk manger.
- Having in his possession any photograph of a child under the age of 18 years without prior approval from Social Services and his Designated Risk Manger.
- Participating in any voluntary or charitable organisation without the appoval of his risk manger.
He must also allow police and social services access to his home at any time to search the premises to ensure he is a biding by the terms of his release.
With many thanks to : Allison Morris, Irish News.
- Concerns Raised Over Harbinson-band Event ! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Paedo ‘Harbinson’ Back in Orange Hall Where He Abused Young Girl ! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- THE PAEDOPHILE: Part 2 of a Slog Special…. (hat4uk.wordpress.com)
- Man Charged With Possessing Pornographic Images of Bestiality (preciousjules1985.wordpress.com)
- MP calls for crackdown on ‘paedophile’ hotels (yorkshirepost.co.uk)
- Paedophile priest James Donaghy admits molesting a fourth victim (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
A young mother was travelling with her partner and her 10 year old son when stopped by the RUC/PSNI who followed them before deciding to stop and search them as they passed through a Loyalist area. She was told that they intended to carry out a search under the illegal section 44 and proceeded to conduct a search. They stated then that they intended to conduct a search on her 10 year old son who in fear clung to his mother and while searching him they pulled down the trousers of the youngster.
The young mother and child were absolutely distraught and this shows that the supposed new face of policing have no qualms about abusing young children to enforce their will upon parents.
RUC/PSNI target infants and family at Toy Store
Derry 32 County Sovereignty Movement would like to bring to the attention of the General public the ongoing targeting and abuse of Children by the Sectarian force who run amok under the banner of ”Police Service of Northern Ireland.”
The devolution of Policing and renaming of the Royal Ulster constabulary is merely what a lot of people had guessed it would be… A simple cosmetic exercise designed to try and lend a veneer of respectability around a Corrupt British Sectarian force.
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- Case Judge Lashes Out at Police !! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Psni/mi5 Tracking and Listening Devices Discovered on Local 32csm Activist’s Car (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- ON 15th JULY I WAS ARRESTED BY THE PSNI/RUC DURING AN EARLY MORNING RAID ON MY HOME (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
She severely criticised the officers involved in the incidendent which led to Anthony Kirk and his wife Shona being chargrd with a string of offences and nursing serious injuries. The Court was told the Police officers, including Sergeant Boyle of Omagh PSNI, approached Mr Kirk and the Sergeant advised the court that he wished to speak to Mr Kirk reference his behaviour likely to cause Breach of the Peace. Evidence was given by Sergeant Boyle that he approached the door of Mr Kirks property to speak to Mr Kirk, Mr Kirk attempted to slam the door closed but Sergeant Boyle was able to effect entry into the property. During the course of cross examination of Sergeant Boyle by Mr Joe McCann Barrister, instructed by Michael Fahy of Patrick Fahy & Company Solicitors, Sergeant Boyle was compelled to concede that there was no lawful basis for him being on Mr Kirks’ property.
Sergeant Boyle conceded that an offence of behaviour likely to cause Breach of the Peace or Disorderly Behaviour did not justify Police entering on to a person’s property without there being expressed permission to do so. Upon the conclusion of Sergeant Boyles’ evidence, the District Judge Mrs Kelly directed that all Police Officers who had previously been excluded from the Court, would enter the Court and listen carefully and take a concise note of her decision with regard to the subject matter. It was the conclusion of the District Judge that Sergeant Boyle and his fellow officers did not have legal authority to enter the Kirk’s property and therefore did not have any legal powers to do so. The Judge then made reference to the serious injuries sustained by both Mr and Mrs Kirk during the efforts by police to arrest them. She stated that the behaviour of Police in this particular incidence was very serious indeed in the absence of their lawful authority to enter on to the before mentioned property. The Judge went on to state that in her conclusion it was no doubt that Mr Kirk was met with serious violence to his person. As there was no legal authority to enter the property, the Judge concluded that the officers did not act in the due execution of the legal duty regarding their actions as, in her words, a serious violation of the person and person’s property rights. All charges were ultimately dismissed against both Defendants.
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Michael Mcginley > Cumann na saoirse Alba
On 9th August 1971, internment was introduced into the Occupied Six Counties. Family homes were raided; front doors smashed in, men were dragged from their beds and ripped from their homes in front of their hysterical children and fearful wives who knew not where their loved ones were being taken to, why or when they would return.
Many internees were held in captivity for years despite not having been found guilty of any offence. The same practice remains in place today albeit on a smaller but equally unjust scale.
Today it is often said that we live in a better society – ‘a new dispensation – is the oft repeated phrase of those attempting to paper over the cracks. Despite all the supposed ‘changes’, many of the old repressive injustices remain including internment, political policing, Diplock courts and ongoing MI5/British military activity.
Almost forty two years have passed since that August morning in 1971, yet Irish men and women are still being interned at the behest of the British state, arrested by its willing armed forces, including the PSNI, and aided and abetted by their political apologists in Stormont.
Political policing and internment is nothing new. They are practices which have been in place for some decades, practices that we in éirígí have been to fore in highlighting, exposing and opposing.
As a result, those of us who have been most vocal in opposing these unjust activities and our families, have paid a heavy personal price in the form of constant PSNI harassment, frequent ‘stop and searches’, house raids, assaults, threats, intimidation and, ultimately, the loss of liberty.
In late November last year I penned a letter which was published in the local press in Newry. My letter highlighted a number of unacceptable practices in relation to Britain’s police force – the PSNI – something which I had done many times over the years.
The letter described, in detail, dawn PSNI house raids and the traumatic effects they have on families, particularly young children.
Ironically, less than 24 hours after my correspondence was published, the front door of my own family home was smashed in by the PSNI at 6am. In the very same manner as I had described in my letter, I was torn from my home, family and children and have been interned in Maghaberry Gaol ever since.
Those unfortunate to find themselves interned by remand, despite not being found guilty of anything, can be imprisoned for lengthy periods with no sign of either a date for trial or release.
Political internees can find themselves in gaol for up to 2 years, or more, under this repressive, draconian policy, awaiting a trial that may never come and facing a case that will likely collapse, as we have borne witness to countless times before.
Despite the continued practice of political internment there seems to be little or no public opposition regarding its use when contrasted to the widespread public outcry witnessed in previous decades. No mass public demonstrations but rather low key protests and pickets organised only by those close to those imprisoned.
Perhaps one reason for the lack of public opposition to internment could be that rather than employing the levels of mass internment witnessed in the early 1970s, we now experience what can be described as ‘selective internment’, whereby relatively small numbers of people – considered as opponents to the established parties – are targeted for imprisonment.
Among those currently interned include those who, using their democratic right, vocally, publicly, politically and peacefully oppose the ongoing British occupation and its puppet administration at Stormont.
This suggests that the use of ‘selective internment’ is designed to target the few in order to intimidate the many from standing up, speaking out and organising a radical opposition to the Stormont regime.
Could what we are witnessing be described as an ‘acceptable level of injustice’?
Where people are too afraid to speak out in case they too find themselves within the sights of the PSNI, British Army and MI5?
Internment was wrong and unjust in previous years and it remains as equally wrong and unjust today.
I would encourage all those that disagree with its continued use to organise and publicly oppose internment in its current form.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Republican Political Prisoner
- ON 15th JULY I WAS ARRESTED BY THE PSNI/RUC DURING AN EARLY MORNING RAID ON MY HOME (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- ‘Onh’ Force Psni Retreat From Twinbrook. an Analysis on Recent Armed Actions ! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Four Psni Officers Injured in Belfast Crash (belfastdaily.co.uk)
- IRISH TD’s RAISE CRAIGAVON TWO IN IRISH PARLIAMENT, DURING A MOTION DISCUSSING 15 YEARS SINCE THE BELFAST AGREEMENT ! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- No Justice for Martin Corey (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Police ‘allowed illegal Belfast Union flag protests to go ahead’ (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- GARY McDAID ISOLATED BY THE BRITSH CROWN TORTURED BY LOYALIST PRISON GUARDS (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
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