Abuse victim Mary Meehan, holding a picture of herself as a child, has taken her case to the High Court after being refused criminal injury compensation under the ‘same roof’ rule.
A victim of horrific child abuse and neglect, denied compensation because she lived under the same roof as her abuser, has said she’s feels like she’s being abused all over again.
Mary Meehan, who waived her right to anonymity, would have been entitled to a criminal injury payment had she not lived with her abuser Briege Meehan – a former Sinn Féin councillor – but an antiquated ‘same roof’ policy has led to her being refused compensation.
Ms Meehan, currently fighting the judgment in Belfast High Court, was abused and neglected in the early 1980s by her stepmother, at the time called Briege McLaughlin, while her father, former IRA commander Martin Meehan was in prison.
Just 10-years-old at the time, she was removed from the family’s Ardoyne home by social services, following concerns raised by neighbours and teachers and placed in Lissue House Hospital.
In 2008, the year after her father’s death, Ms Meehan contacted police and reported historic child abuse at the hands of her stepmother.
In June 2013 the north Belfast woman pleaded guilty to child cruelty and assault, sex abuse charges were left on the books. The pensioner was given a suspended sentence.
Following the conviction Ms Meehan applied for a criminal injury payment only to be told that while her injury and trauma were not in question, a ‘same roof’ law which has since been changed, was not backdated to include historic cases.
There are currently two similar cases going through the courts in England and Scotland with victims refused criminal injury payments under the same legislation. In the Scottish case the victim, Monica Allen, abused as a child by her mother, is currently taking her case to the Supreme Court.
Speaking to the Irish News Ms Meehan said: “If I’d lived next door to my abuser I would have been entitled to compensation, but because, through no fault of my own, she moved into our home, my case was rejected.
“Since my abuser was convicted I’ve really struggled emotionally, I moved away from Belfast because I was constantly reminded of what happened and was taking panic attacks to the point I didn’t even want to leave the house.
“I was a child, a frightened abused child, I had no say in where I lived at the time and yet I’m being penalised for it now, I feel like I’m abused all over again.
“I feel like this isn’t just about me any more but about all the victims of historic child abuse who are currently going through the courts or have yet to come forward.
“This is a system not designed with child victims in mind and it needs changed”, she added.
With many thanks to: The Irish News and Allison Morris for the origional story.
Stop the extradition of Liam Campbell to Lithuaina
Liam Campbell, an alleged Real IRA leader, will argue that he cannot receive a fair trial in Lithuania because his brother’s terrorism conviction was found to have been based on entrapment.
Campbell, 54, of Upper Faughart in north Louth, who was found liable for the 1998 Omagh bomb in a civil action eight years ago, appeared in the High Court in Dublin yesterday to contest his extradition to Lithuania, where he is accused of a Real IRA plot to buy large quantities of explosives and weapons.
Brian Gageby, his barrister, told the court that he wanted an adjournment while he sought an English translation of Michael Campbell’s trial and appeal in Vilnius. Mr Gageby is preparing to argue that Liam Campbell cannot receive a fair trial, which is required under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Campbell’s brother was convicted in Lithuania in 2011 of conspiracy to buy weapons and explosives, following a joint MI5-Lithuanian police operation. Michael Campbell was jailed for twelve years but his conviction was overturned on appeal in 2013 on the grounds that he was entrapped by MI5. Liam Campbell is now seeking a transcript of that appeal to use in his case.
Since Michael Campbell returned to Ireland the highest court in Lithuania overturned the appeal, finding that the appeal court erred in putting too much weight on entrapment defence. As a result Michael Campbell may also be extradited back to Lithuania.
Judge Aileen Donnelly agreed to adjourn Liam Campbell’s case for a month yesterday to allow the state and the defence to prepare documents.
Campbell is receiving free legal aid to fight extradition, claiming that he will not get a fair trial and also that prison conditions in Lithuania are so bad that they violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The article prohibits extradition if there is a “substantial risk” that the person will undergo inhumane or degrading treatment.
He won on Article 3 grounds when Lithuania sought to extradite him from Northern Ireland, after which he was released by the High Court in Belfast and was rearrested in the Republic. Campbell’s co-accused, Brendan McGuigan, 36, of Omeath, Co Louth, was previously released by the High Court in Dublin, also because prison conditions in Lithuania would be a violation of his rights under Article 3.
Both men are wanted in Lithuania for allegedly organising a Real IRA explosives and weapons importation scheme. A Lithuanian arrest warrant read in court states that Campbell “made arrangements for illegal possession of a considerable amount of powerful firearms, ammunition, explosive devices and substances” to be exported from Lithuania to Ireland for use by a “terrorist grouping”.
The cargo was allegedly to include sniper rifles, rocket launchers, RPG-7 rockets, hand-grenades and Semtex explosives.
Campbell was allegedly a senior Real IRA member when the offences were committed in late 2006 and early 2007 and is alleged to have met with a British intelligence officer posing as an east European arms dealer.
with many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News.
Here’s how state kidnappers get away with kidnapping WELL CARED FOR kids for financial gain: 1 kid being kidnapped every 20 minutes:
AN GARDA SIOCHANA abuse section 12 of CHILDCARE ACT 1991 to take kids and hand them to CHILD AND FAMILY AGENCY, previously HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE. Within section 12, AN GARDA SIOCHANA personnel HAVE TO HAVE reasonable grounds for believing that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of a child
AND it would not be sufficient for the protection of the child from such immediate and serious risk to await the making of an application for an emergency care order by a HEALTH BOARD:
1. THIS MOTHER’S DAUGHTER WAS IN A SCHOOL IN SCHOOL HOURS
when MR GARY KINGSTON dressed in garda uniform chased her daughter around the school to abuse section 12 of this act to hand her to HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE on 21 March 2013 ….. SCHOOL STAFF HANDING HER OVER TO MR GARY KINGSTON WITHOUT QUESTION …. SO WHAT WAS THE ‘IMMEDIATE’ OR ‘SERIOUS RISK’???? NONE
2. THIS MOTHER’S DAUGHTER WAS TAKEN TO KILLARNEY GARDA STATION BY MEN DRESSED IN GARDAI FANCY DRESS after this seventeen year old was recorded as ‘missing’ on AN GARDA SIOCHANA pulse records AFTER RUNNING AWAY FROM THREE STATE AGENT
who orchastrated to take her into some supposed ‘care’: NOW KNOWN TO BE PLAIN CLOTHED GARDAI AND ANN COLLINS SOCIAL WORKER SIXTH ATTEMPT TO TAKE HER on 8 November 2016: WHEREBY GARDAI FORCIBLY TOOK THIS MOTHER AWAY FROM MY KIDS FOR NO JUSTIFIED OR LAWFUL REASON:
HEADBUTTING THE MOTHER’S HEAD OFF AN UNMARKED ALLEDGED ‘GARDA’ CAR – THIS MOTHER’S KIDS WITNESSING THIS – AND LEAVING THIS MOTHER’S KIDS IN A DARK ALLEY AT 8PM AT NIGHT
WITH ANN COLLINS WHO THEN WALKED OFF…. ON 17 November 2016 this mother’s daughter was ‘found’ by gardai and taken to KILLARNEY GARDA STATION whereby MR JOHN RYAN,
A sergeant gardai, abused section 12 of CHILDCARE ACT 1991 WITHOUT ANY OF THIS SEVENTEEN HAVING ANY OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HER FAMILY SINCE
November 2016: merely using the poor excuse that THIS SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD ‘DIDN’T WANT TO RETURN HOME’!!! …. SO WHAT WAS THE ‘IMMEDIATE’ OR ‘SERIOUS RISK’ THIS TIME????? NONE
THIS MOTHER’S SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HAS NOW RUN OFF FROM STATE ABUSIVE ‘CARE’ FOR A FORTH TIME … SHE WANTS TO COME HOME, BUT CORRUPT POOR EXCUSE FOR ‘JUDGES’ STOP HER:
BRIAN SHERIDAN, MALLOW DISTRICT COURT, SEAN O’DONNABHAIN, CORK CIRCUIT COURT, RICHARD HUMPHREYS, HIGH COURT, SEAMUS NOONAN, HIGH COURT, SEAN RYAN, COURT OF APPEAL, MARY IRVINE – A MOTHER HERSELF – COURT OF APPEAL, MICHAEL PEART, COURT OF APPEAL, JOHN EDWARDS, COURT OF APPEAL, PAUL MCDERMOTT, COURT OF APPEAL, JAMES O’CONNOR, KILLARNEY DISTRICT COURT and FRANCIS COMERFORD, TRALEE CIRCUIT COURT: ALL ELEVEN POOR EXCUSE FOR ‘JUDGES’ IGNORE HER WRITTEN WISHES THAT SHE WANTS TO COME HOME???
SO NOW THIS MOTHER’S SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD HAS RUN OFF FROM THE CONSTANT ABUSE IN STATE SUPPOSED ‘CARE’
With many thanks to: Sally Smith & Brian Sheridan for the origional story.
Mr Bryson (23), will a play to Belfast Magistrates Court today in a bid to be aallowed to attend a protest against a contentious republican march through Castlederg in Co Tyrone later this month. His friend pastor Mark Gordon said Mr Bryson expects his application will be refused and if so he will a play to the High Court. “Police seem to want to drag this out as long as they possibly can. In the meantime they expect Jamie to sit on his hands and remain silent,” he said. “I think the time has come when he cannot reasonably be expected to do it any longer, especially given the current circumstances within the pProvence.”
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- Bryson Legal Advisor to Dowson on Flag Protest Charges (belfastdaily.co.uk)
- Jamie Bryson appeared as legal advisor to Jim Dowson (newsletter.co.uk)
- Jamie Bryson’s lawyer raps PSNI over case delays (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Jamie Bryson not allowed to attend parades debate (newsletter.co.uk)
- Bryson Lawyer Complains Over Police Delays in Case (belfastdaily.co.uk)
- Provocative Public Rhetoric Nothing New (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Jamie Bryson makes formal complaint to PSNI about Gerry Kelly (newsletter.co.uk)
MEN ACQUITTED OF 1991 BOMB ATTACK
SEEK COMPENSATION !!!
A judge refused to dismiss the claim for damages after ruling that a delay in issuing proceedings has not prejudiced the defendant. A test case brought by Danny Petticrew, one of the so-called Ballymurphy Seven, will now proceed to a full trial. Mr Petticrew (37) is seeking compensation for wrongful detention, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution over a bomb attack on an RUC and military patrol near the city’s Springfield Road in August 1991.
The West Belfast man, then aged 17, was taken to Castlereagh Holding (interrogation) Centre and, along with his co – accused, were later charged with offences including attempted murder. He was held in custody from April 1992 until September 1994 nearly two & half years. The case against him was discharged at trial on the basis that alleged admissions could not be used in evidence against him. Mr Petticrew claims his arrest was deliberately delayed and, because of his youth and vulnerability, he was unable to withstand questioning during repeated police interviews. He said that officers knew he was making false, unreliable and involuntary statements.
Lawyers for the chief constable applied to have the civil action thrown out due to the delay in bringing it. But Mr Justice Gillen yesterday refused their appeal against a decision not to grant the application. He accepted there had been ” inexcusable and inordinate delay ” in bring the case. However, the judge held that available transcripts from the original criminal trial, togeather with legal notes, meant defendant witnesses were in no more difficult a position now than if the claim had been brought in 1994.
” I am conscious that the allegations in this case amount to serious charges against persons and authorities within the state who are bound by laws publicly made and administered in the courts,” Mr Justice Gillen said. ” They amount to an assault on the rule of law if they are true and an affront to public conscience. ” In those circumstances courts should be particularly cautious before driving from the seat of judgement those who wish to litigate such matters.”
Dismissing the police application, the judge said: ” The balance of justice lies in allowing such matters to proceed to trail if at all possible, so long of course as the defendant is not deprived of any realistic chance of defending the allegations due to the delay.” Outside the court Mr Petticrew expressed satisfaction that the actions brought by him and his six co-accused will go ahead. ” Something that happened 21 years ago is still having a massive effect on our lives today,” he said.
WITH MANY THANKS TO : IRISH NEWS.
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The High Court refused the newspaper’s application to set aside an anonymity order surrounding the man’ identified only as JR20. A judge held that publishing his name could increase the threat he was said to be under because it would also reveal that he no longer had a gun. The attempt to set aside the anonymity order is believed to be the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. A ban on naming JR20 was imposed during his unsuccessful challenge to the secretary of state’s decision to revoke his firearms licence.
It was granted on the basis of a risk to his life,assessed by the police and the security services as being ” moderate”. Despite having no involvement in his original judicial review case, The Sunday World’s publishers intervened to seek permission to identify him. Olivia O’Kane, for the newspaper, argued that such proceedings remained open and public and should be reported.
However, Mr Justice Weatherup ruled that anonymity order should remain in place. His decision was based on grounds of common-law, fairness , rather than JR20’s right to life, which, on the basis of a moderate threat assessment, did not meet the necessary threshold. Balancing open justice with reporting of legal proceedings against the man’s safety,the judge concluded that information which would identify him should not be published. Al through the challenge was unsuccessful, it has been interpreted as being a precedent for further more interventions.
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- Ira Claim Gun Attack in Fermanagh (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Albouystown man held with gun (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
- Grove/Diamond residents step up queries about alleged corruption in NDC (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
- “Sunday World owes Zahara no apology” – says editor in dismissing my complaint (akanyangafrica.wordpress.com)
Five dissident republican suspects have gone back to prison after they challenged police moves to take them directly for questioning about other terrorist offences.
They are currently being held on remand in Roe House, along with other republican prisoners.
But on Wednesday the men were taken out of the prison to be interviewed in connection with allegations of preparing for acts of terrorism.
Police lawyers say the PSNI were granted permission to have the men taken out of Roe House.
The men, who all face other terrorist-related charges, sought an emergency judicial review. They argued that authorisation is required from a magistrate before police can take remand prisoners for further questioning.
Frank O’Donoghue QC, for the suspects, told the court on Thursday: “This is about the removal of prisoners from detention.
“It’s now done very strictly, we say, under judicial scrutiny once the person is charged.”
Paul McLaughlin, for the PSNI, told the court that the men had been arrested.
But following a break in proceedings judges were told a decision has been taken to return them to Maghaberry “for the time being”.
Mr McLaughlin added: “Thereafter police will decide what course to follow to continue their investigation.
“But for the present purposes the return of the prisoners to Maghaberry brings an end to the case.”
Lord Justice Higgins, sitting with Mr Justice Stephens, decided the case should then be dismissed.
Outside the court the men’s solicitor, Paul Pierce of Kevin R Winters and Co, said the case was taken to examine the procedures surrounding the decision to take the prisoners directly to a police station.
He added: “Our concerns have been vindicated in view of the fact that the police have decided to return each of the men to custody and they have indicated they will now review their position.
“The method by which these prisoners were produced is clearly open to abuse by any police officers who want to use a power which is not subject to any form of judicial scrutiny or legal restraint.”
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- Republican Marian Price reveals horror of seven months’ solitary confinement in prison (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Prisoners staring into the abyss (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Life as a protesting republican prisoner in Maghaberry (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Marian Price sent to Maghaberry for “operational reasons” (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)