Bail granted over ‘gratuitous’ burglary of refugee’s home

A political refugee’s home was “gratuitously” wrecked during a burglary in east Belfast, the High Court heard on Wednesday. Story by Alan Erwin, Belfast | Images copyright UTV Raiders smashed belongings and broke off a toilet lid at the man’s house on Island Street, prosecutors said. A judge was told one of two suspected intruders […]
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Man in court over Belfast stabbing

A man has appeared in court accused of stabbing a man in Belfast. Story by Alan Erwin, Belfast for UTV Robert McGill, 23, is also accused of taking a screwdriver and a large kitchen knife into a hospital after the alleged attack. The charges relate to an incident at Acton Street, where McGill lives, early […]
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Man accused of harassing Mairia Cahill contest allegations

A man is to contest allegations that he harassed Belfast woman Mairia Cahill, a court had heard. Story by Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph Stephen Altimas is accused of pursuing a campaign against Ms Cahill – whose great uncle was a founder of the Provisional IRA – earlier this year. He faces charges of harassing her […]
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Man bailed over Tricolour waving past Twaddell

A 37-year-old Lisburn man accused of driving past a group of loyalists at a north Belfast interface, waving a Tricolour and shouting ‘up the ‘RA’ has been released on bail. Story by Ashleigh McDonald, Belfast (Story featured on Appearing at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Friday via video link, Finatan Jude Geraghty from Ivy Hill […]
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Woman pleads guilty to assaulting Sinn Féin Councillor

A WOMAN has admitted assaulting a Sinn Féin councillor who intervened when she verbally abused a Polish couple on a bus in Belfast, a court heard yesterday. Mary O’Neill’s lawyer confirmed she was pleading guilty to all charges linked to Tuesday’s alleged disorderly outburst onboard a Translink service into the city. It was also revealed […]
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Father cleared of murdering his sex offender son

By Deborah McAleese – 29 December 2012 (Compliments of the Belfast Telegraph) A father has been cleared by a jury of murdering his only son. Kevin Patrick Fletcher had been accused of stabbing to death his 32-year-old son Kevin Anthony Fletcher, a convicted sex offender and drug dealer, because he was a “burden” to the […]
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Norman Moffatt murder trial: As James McCook is acquitted, questions are raised over use of ‘unreliable’ witness Martha Brown

BY CATHERINE MCCURRY – 31 May 2013 (Compliments of the Belfast Telegraph) Questions have been raised over a prosecution’s decision to use a known unreliable witness after a man accused of murdering Coleraine pensioner Norman Moffatt walked free. Mr Moffatt was attacked as he was walking home along the Railway Road area of Coleraine after […]
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