I thought the 1st of April was over (is it April Fools Day)? Yeah pull the other one!
STEVENSON TO APPEAR IN COURT NEXT MONTH OVER ALLEGED INCIDENT
A DUP politician is facing a sex charge, the Sunday World can reveal.
Ian Stevenson (48), a councillor with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, will appear in court next month on an allegation of sexual assault. The former Ballymoney mayor, who has served the area for more than 20 years, was charged by police after a complaint was made against him in 2017.
The alleged offence relates to an incident involving a woman in the Belfast area in April of last year. Court documents state he is accused of “intentionally touching” the alleged female victim, “with the circumstances being that the touching was sexual, that she did not consent to the touching and you did not reasonably believe that she so consented”.
He will appear before Laganside Magistrates Court on May 17. It can be revealed that Mr Stevenson has stepped aside from his duties with a number of local groups whilst he faces the serious allegation. It is not yet clear whether he will also stand down from his council role, which includes serving on the council’s Leisure and Development Committee.
On Friday the Sunday World called to speak to Mr Stevenson at his Ballymoney home. However, he declined to speak to our reporter about the upcoming court case. He also refused to confirm whether he would be carrying on with council duties whilst facing the serious charge, replaying ” no comment” to questions.
We contacted the DUP by email last night, but we received no replay. Councillor Stevenson, named after DUP founder Ian Paisley, ruffled feathers in 2012 when he attended an All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Final at Croke Park.
It was after discovering his Protestant grandfather hurled for Co. Antrim based Loughgiel Shamrocks in the 1920s. His attendance at the St Patrick’s Day Dublin match – which saw the Shamrocks beat off Coolderry – made history as he donned a GAA top and vowed to stand for the Soldier’s Song – the Republic’s national anthem. He said at the time: “Whatever country I am in I will respect their national anthem just the same I would exspect that a nationalist in Northern Ireland would stand for ‘God Save The Queen’, though they strongly object to it,” he said.
“At the end of the day, I am confident in my own identity and belief that I should be able to respect others, even though I strongly disagree with them, so long as those beliefs are peaceful and are peacefully held.
His attendance came shortly after then party leader Peter Robinson attended his first GAA game. But the DUP chief made his arrival after ‘The Soldier’s Song’ was played. In 2011, during his time in office as Ballymoney mayor, Mr Stevenson also cleared the council chamber’s drinks cabinet of alcoholic tipples. Gin, whiskey and other spirts were replaced by non-alcoholic drinks, with the DUP man telling local press:”I think if you are in other places you respect the wishes of the host so I don’t see why it’s an issue really. It was just something I was personally happy with that’s all. Just last year he was forced to apologise after posting a photo-shopped image of a terrorist flag erected outside Downing Street. The image included kerbstones at No 10 painted red, white and blue and the UVF and Northern Ireland flags erected outside.
With many thanks to: The Sunday World and Patricia Devlin for the exclusive origional story.
Follow these links to find out more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-43940716
A 68-year-old man has been committed for trial on multiple charges involving alleged long-term sexual abuse of a female child, including rape.
Appearing for a preliminary enquiry before Dungannon Magistrate’s Court was John Francis Devlin from Canal Place, Coalisland who is accused of a total of 21 offences.
These involve two counts of rape, twelve counts of indecent assault and seven counts of sexual assault. The offences are alleged to have occurred on various dates between May 2003 and March 2011.
A prosecution lawyer told the court there is a case to answer, which was supported by District Judge John Meehan. Devlin spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the charges. He choose not to call witnessess or give evidence on his own behalf during the short hearing. Judge Meehan set bail at £200 and ordered Devlin to appear for arraignment at Dungannon Crown Court on 7th May 2017.
With many thanks to: Tyrone Courier.
Shankill shamed by Mo’s 11th night drugs party
The Sunday World understands that a 14-year-old girl was subjected to the alleged attack close to the site of a bonfire party organised by UFF killer and drug dealer Mo Courtney. The incident took place in the early hours of the Twelfth and was reported to the PSNI around 6am. A 16-year-old youth was arrested and subsequently released without charge. A police spokesman said inquirieswitness.going. Witnessess have also told us that in a separate incident Courtney and fellow UDA thug Sam Hinton stood and watched as Courtney’s sidekick Dee Coleman battered another girl in a row over drink. A crazed Colman is said to have snapped when it emerged the girl had not bought her drink from him. “He lost it, she ended up on the ground and he was just kicking her and stamping on her head,” said our wittness. “Courtney and Hinton just stood and watched.” A number of women intervened to rescue the distraught victim who was taken to a nearby house.
But it is the alleged rape that has left the lower Shankill community stunned. The exact circumstances of the attack remain unclear but it is thought the young girl may have been given a spiked drink, and only relised she may have been the victim of a sex attack when she came around in the early hours of the 12th morning. The teenager arrested and released is known to have family connections to the UDA. The Sunday World is aware of his name but for legal reasons he cannot be identified. The 11th night horror is the lateest step in the rapid decline of the Lower Shankill estate since the return of killer Courtney. He ordered the construction of a huge bonfire, set up beer tents openly selling alcohol to underage drinkers and the Sunday World also understands his drug dealers were selling the green ‘Rolex’ pills at the centre of a recent spate of deaths, believed to have been caused by the dangerous E-type tablet. “Coleman and Hinton were going round confiscating drink from anyone they thought was underage and then making them buy it back from their own beer tent,” said our source. “You couldn’t make it up. The party was out of control, there were kids off their heads, lying everywhere.” Residents are now saying the estate is in a worse state than when controlled by the notorious UFF boss Johnny Adair. Courtney is a hate figure, and is rarely seen in the area, but his trusted lieutenant Coleman is terrorising the area by stepping up the drugs trade. The blaze, onenof the biggest in Belfast, was just 75 yards from dozens of houses. At almost 80ft high it dwarfed nearby buildings. Locals blame Courtney for the massive bonfire and say he’s keen for it to be a big event so he can make money from selling drugs to the people attending it.
Courtney asassumed control of UFF C company in the area earlier this year following his release from prison last year. He was jailed in 2007 in connection with the murder of Adair’s pal Alan ‘Bucky’ McCullough. Mo was given control of the area after his predecessor, Ebby ‘Bonus Ball’ Irvine was stood down amid claims of missing money, with Dee Coleman he has set about boosting the local drugs trade. Last night police confirmed they were investigating an incident involving a 14-year-old girl.
With many thanks to : Richard Sullivan, Sunday World.
- Permission Granted for Parade in Mixed Village (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Paramilitaries Mobilizing Against ‘Cultural Apartheid’ !!! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Ross Kemp puts Ardoyne in spotlight (newsletter.co.uk)
- Eastenders’ Ross Kemp to walk Ardoyne for TV show (newsletter.co.uk)
- Paedophile Harbinson Seen With Young Teens !!! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Jamie’s Cousin the Provo Hero (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Man attempts to sexually assault girl, 14, in West Lawn (cltv.com)