I wonder who’s having a total meltdown over the upcoming elections?
FIVE men have been ordered to stand trial accused of a bar room attack on a former leading loyalist.
Aaron Cahoon (28), David Rush (35), David Gibson (45), below, Robert Campbell (33), and Joshua Wylie (20), were part of a group of UDA thugs who beat Darren Moore (pictured above), with a hammer and bats at a pub in Doagh, Co Antrim in March 2017.
They appeared togeather at Belfast Magistrates’ Court yesterday jointly charged with intentionally causing him grievous bodily harm, possessing offensive weapons with intent to commit an indictable offence, and affray.
Moore, in his forties and formerly from the Mount Vernon area of Belfast, was said to have been attacked inside McConnell’s Bar (pictured below). He sustained multiple head fractures, facial lacerations and a puncture wound to his stomach in an assault carried out while he was under threat from loyalists, detectives disclosed previously.
Up to 10 men were said to have launched the attack before escaping in a number of cars. Cahoon, of Cherrymount; Rush, from Ballyvesey Green; Gibson, of Milewater Drive – all in Newtownabbey; Campbell, from Clareville Avenue in Ballyclare; and Wylie, of Galgorm Road in Ballymeana, all deny the charges.
During the preliminary enquiry hearing all five men nodded to confirm they understood the allegations against them. None of them called witnesses or gave evidence at this stage in the proceedings. Backing prosecution submissions that each of the accused has a case to answer, District Judge Fiona Bagnall returned them all for Crown Court trial. She then released them on continuing bail until their arraignment on a date to be fixed. None of of the men were charged with belonging to an illegal organisition namely the UDA.
With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.
15 March 1999: Human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson is assassinated by the British state in collusion with a loyalist death squad.
On the 28th November 1976, Máire Drumm Vice President of Sinn Féin and a commanding officer in Cumann na mBan, was assassinated by loyalists while recovering in Belfast’s Mater Hospital in North Belfast.
With many thanks to: Stephen Codd – https: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=513465588832157&id=100005061609162