Supporters of the Loughinisland families today at Laganside court

To hear the final ruling in the judicial review taken by the Retired Police Officers NI (NIRPOA) against the Police Ombudsman (OPONI).

Late last year the court ruled in favour of NIRPOA and today the families will find out the implications in terms of their report that concluded that there was collusion with security force members in the murders of their loved ones. Today’s ruling may also affect other families awaiting reports from OPONI.
PFC is in court in solidarity with the Loughinisland families and will update as soon as we hear the ruling.

With many thanks to the: Pat Finucane Centre

Loughinisland: Judge delays ruling on report
 

A judge has delayed his ruling on a police ombudsman’s report into the murders of six Catholic men in 1994.

He said the ombudsman’s new legal representative needed time to read himself into the case.

The men were shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries as they watched a World Cup football match in a pub in Loughinisland, County Down.

In June 2016, the police ombudsman ruled there had been collusion between some police officers and the gunmen.

But last December, a judge ruled that conclusion was “unsustainable in law“.

The Heights Bar, Loughinisland

He said the officers accused of collusion had been “in effect tried and convicted without notice in their absence”.

Two retired officers are attempting to have the report by Michael Maguire quashed in a legal challenge.

A judge had been expected to make his final ruling on Friday, but that has now been postponed.

The victims were watching the match between Ireland and Italy when loyalist gunmen burst into the Heights Bar and opened fire on 18 June 1994.

The men who died were Adrian Rogan, 34, Malcolm Jenkinson, 53, Barney Green, 87, Daniel McCreanor 59, Patrick O’Hare, 35, and Eamon Byrne, 39.

Five others were wounded.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the origional story.

Britain’s First Jayda Fransen ‘mayor’ video being investigated by council

Jayda Fransen Facebook video in the Lord Mayor’s chair

Jayda Fransen will go on trial in April for charges connected with hate speeches in Belfast

A video showing Britain First’s deputy leader making a statement while sitting in the Lord Mayor’s chair is being investigated by Belfast City Council.

The video of Jayda Fransen, in which she wears council robes, was posted on the far-right group’s Facebook page.

Ms Fransen’s visit to City Hall was facilitated by independent unionist councillor Jolene Bunting.

The DUP and Alliance Party have criticised Ms Bunting for abusing her position as a councillor.

Earlier, Ms Fransen was told she would face trial for charges connected with alleged hate speeches in the city.

The 31 year old, from Anerly, London, denies the charges.

In the video, Ms Fransen said she was facing several charges and thanked people who had supported her in the ongoing case.

Ms Bunting told BBC News NI that the video was not meant to be malicious and that it was filmed “on the spur of the moment”.

Independent Belfast city councillor Jolene Bunting seen here showing her total contempt for the Catholic Church

Jolene Bunting said she did not believe either she or Ms Fransen had done anything wrong

She said she suggested they film a video in the real Lord Mayor’s chair after Ms Fransen and other guests said they wanted to film at a replica chair in a tourist attraction at City Hall.

“I didn’t think anything of it all. We went up and I did what I usually do with anyone who comes into City Hall, I offered if they would like to put the robes on.”

She added that reaction to the video was “a bit ridiculous”.

“I don’t know if there’s maybe an issue with the videoing in the council chamber but I know that I have taken many of my family members and my friends into the chamber.

“I think this is about demonising Jayda Fransen and demonising Britain First as a political party so they don’t have the opportunity to run in Northern Ireland.”

“Gross abuse”
Ms Bunting added that she would co-operate with any inquiry by the council but that “I don’t believe I did anything wrong tonight and I don’t believe Jayda did either”.

Alliance Party councillor Sian O’Neill said Ms Bunting had brought “shame on herself and the council”.

“This video disrespects an office which all parties on the council have sought to undertake in as an inclusive a manner as possible.

“It is an abuse, by Councillor Bunting, of her privilege to access the robes, the chamber and the Lord Mayor’s chair to create a false perception of a link between the council and Britain First.”

Alderman Brian Kingston said it had been an “error of judgement” by Jolene Bunting

“As members of council, we can bring people into City Hall and show them around,” said the DUP representative.

“But there’s protocols about any filming being done in City Hall, especially in the council chamber.

“So to bring Jayda Fransen into the chamber, to put a councillor’s robe on her, to place her in the Lord Mayor’s chair and have her talking about her court case – this is a gross abuse of Belfast City Council, of our City Hall, of the post of Lord Mayor and its not something that we and the people of Belfast want to be associated with.”

Belfast City Council said it was “aware of the video post and is currently looking into the circumstances”.

“The usual procedures for those wishing to film or use council premises were not followed,” it said.

“We received no request nor were we made aware of these plans.”

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the origional story

Another former RUC/PSNI officer jailed after ‘dark web’ sting

Allen Kennedy, pictured after an earlier court hearing, was described in court as a “low-level community drug dealer”

A former police officer has been jailed for more than five years after being “caught red handed” trying to buy an untraceable gun on the “dark web”.

Allan Kennedy, 31, whose address was given as Strandtown police station, admitted possessing a 9mm pistol, 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition and a silencer with intent to endanger life.

The defendant was described as a “low-level community drug dealer” in court.

It heard that he bought the gun for his own protection.

 

Kennedy also pleaded guilty to a string of other offences.

These included possession of cocaine with intent to supply and perverting the course of justice.

Kennedy, who was a serving police officer at the time of the offences, admitted possessing 30g of cocaine, 50 diazepam tablets and 10g of class C amphetmines at a house in Newtownards, County Down.

He also admitted perverting the course of justice by crashing his car in March 2014 in Bangor, County Down, before deliberately setting it on fire.

Allan Kennedy used the ‘dark web’ to purchase the gun
The police said the conviction showed the PSNI’s “commitment to keep drugs and firearms off the streets of Northern Ireland”.

“Those intent on criminal activity should know that even with the perceived anonymity of activity on the ‘dark web’, we will continue to pursue criminals in whatever quarter they operate to keep people safe,” said Det Ch Insp Michael Harvey, from the PSNI’s cyber crime centre.

The judge sentenced Kennedy to five-and-a-half years in prison followed by five-and-a-half years on licence.

Passing sentence at Downpatrick Crown Court, the judge said the charge of perverting the course of justice alone could attract a life sentence.

 

He said he was satisfied that Kennedy had told “lie after lie” to evade responsibility for what he had done, by claiming his car had been stolen before being set alight.

The judge added that the case was aggravated by Kennedy’s job as a serving police officer at the time.

Downpatrick Crown Court
Image caption
Kennedy was sentenced at Downpatrick Crown Court on Thursday
He said that Kennedy’s attempt to purchase the gun two years after his first offence was in the context of his drug dealing activity.

“You intended to purchase it ready for use if, and when, the occasion arose,” the judge said.

“It is accepted that you were a user of class A drugs and were supplying others in order to feed your habit.

“It is accepted you should be treated as a commercial supplier of drugs.”

The judge rejected the defendant’s claims that he wanted to purchase the gun and silencer to end his own life due to the approaching court case for perverting the course of justice.

Undercover police sting
He said this “did tie in” with the fact that Kennedy was purchasing 10 rounds of ammunition with the weapon, which he had specifically requested to be “clean and untraceable”.

The judge said he was obliged to impose a “punitive sentence” because of the “insidious and corrosive impact” such weapons have on the community.

The court previously heard that Kennedy, a self-confessed cocaine addict, was unaware he was dealing with undercover police when trying to buy the gun on the “dark web”.

Following an exchange of messages and pictures of the gun, an undercover officer arranged for a meeting and handover of the gun.

In September 2015, Kennedy met another undercover officer in Belfast to discuss the gun and the silencer.

Drugs seized
Kennedy placed £260 in a folded newspaper on the table, which the officer took.

The court heard that it was arranged that the handover of the gun would take place later that day in the Annadale Embankment area.

The officer then met Kennedy at the location, opened the boot of his car and handed over a package that contained the gun, which had been stripped down.

The court heard that Kennedy then handed over a further sum of £240.

Police then converged on the scene and arrested Kennedy.

During follow up searches of the defendant’s car, cocaine and other drugs were found.

Dealer bags and mobiles containing text messages associated with someone involved in supplying narcotics were also seized.

Remorseful
Two properties were then raided as part of the investigation.

In one bedroom where Kennedy stayed, police found quantities of ecstasy and cannabis, more drug-related paraphernalia, price lists and documents linked to the use of the “dark web”.

The seized drugs had a total street value of up to £10,000.

Police also uncovered 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition, which were described in court as “dum dum” bullets that are more liked to be used in “big game hunting”.

Kennedy’s defence lawyer said he was remorseful for his actions and accepted he faced a “substantial custodial sentence”.

“There is no real risk of action harm to the public as the person he was trying to buy the gun off was an undercover police officer,” he said.

The defence lawyer said Kennedy’s life went into a “downward spiral” when he was struck by a stolen car while on duty and spent six months on sick leave after sustaining a fractured foot.

He added that Kennedy was now addressing his cocaine addiction through “one-to-one counselling sessions” in prison.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the origional story

Britain First’s Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen charged with hate crimes

Paul Golding pictured with an illegal terrorist orgaistion Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen have been charged by police in Belfast with hate crimes.The leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First have been charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour.

The charges against the group’s leader, Paul Golding, relate to speeches made at a North of Ireland Against Terrorism rally on 6 August this year.

The charges against the deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, relate to an incident at a peace wall in Belfast on 13 December.

Ms Fransen, 31, is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Mr Golding, 35, is expected at the same court on 10 January

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the origional story.

RUC/PSNI officer gets probation for voyeurism

Phil AdamsonImage copyrightMARK JAMIESON

Phil Adamson lost his job with the PSNI following his admission of guilt

A police officer who admitted charges of voyeurism and making an indecent photograph of a child has been given a 12-month probation order.
Phil Adamson, 46, whose address was given as care of PSNI headquarters, pleaded guilty in October.
Coleraine Magistrate’s Court heard that the offences took place in July this year when Adamson filmed a child showering with a hidden mobile phone.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.
He lost his job with the PSNI following his admission of guilt.
The case had been adjourned to allow the court to receive a victim impact statement from the child.
Admission
The court was also told that he had admitted the offences to police during interview at the first opportunity.
Adamson’s defence said his client had shown “genuine remorse for what he had done” and that his first instructions were to apologise to the injured party.
He said Adamson had suffered “extreme consequences in terms of his reputation and professional standing”.
“His job is gone, and the reputational damage cannot be repaired.”
He told the court that Adamson had been just two years away from the length of service that would have afforded him a pension, and added that his client had suffered “financial penalties”.
The solicitor told the court: “Prior to this, this was a man of impeccable character.”
The court was told the probation board assessed Adamson as presenting a low risk of reoffending.
Loss of reputation
A district judge said: “This is a very sad but serious case.
“You have lost your reputation.”
The judge said no explanation had been offered as to why Adamson did what he did.
“How do I best protect the public?
“There could well be a risk it might happen again,” he said.
Adamson was given a 12-month probation order, told to sign the sex offenders register and was given a sexual offences prevention order.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the origional story

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