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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Sean McVeigh New IRA, Conviction

Sean McVeigh New IRA, Conviction

A dissident republican who was convicted yesterday of trying to kill a policeman in 2015 was previously linked to the killing of prison officer David Black.

Sean McVeigh (38), of Victoria Street in Lurgan, was yesterday found guilty of placing a bomb under the car of the officer outside his home in Eglinton in June 2015.

He had denied the attempted murder and possession of the under vehicle improvised explosive device during a non-jury trial at Belfast Crown Court.

In court yesterday Judge Stephen Fowler QC said he was "satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt" that McVeigh was the man who planted the device under the PSNI officer's car.

It has now emerged that in 2014 McVeigh was charged with the murder of Mr Black, who was shot dead on the M1 in November 2012 as he made his way to work at the high security Maghaberry Prison.

The 52-year-old father-of-two was the first prison officer in to be murdered in almost 20 years and the killing was claimed by the New IRA.

As well as murder, McVeigh was also charged with possessing an assault rifle with the intent to endanger life. However, the charges were dropped by the Public Prosecution Service.

After walking free from Craigavon Magistrates Court in July 2014, McVeigh signalled his intention to sue the PPS and PSNI for the time he had spent in custody.

But less than a year later the dissident republican targeted the police officer in Eglinton
The target's wife, also a police officer, told detectives that she was asleep, but woke up and looked out of her bedroom window.

Now retired from the PSNI, she spoke of her "sheer disbelief" at seeing a "skinny man" attaching to her husband's car what turned out to be a new type of improvised under-car explosive device.

She said that she was "so shocked" she rapped so hard on her bedroom window that she bruised her knuckles.

The court heard she immediately rang police and call handlers at Maydown PSNI despatched three response vehicles to the scene.

Officers said they spotted two cars "travelling in convoy" from the Waterside.

The two vehicles were subsequently identified from automatic number plate recognition technology and CCTV cameras as a black Volkswagen Passat and a Toyota Verso, both with Republic of Ireland registrations, both of which had been stolen.

The court also heard evidence from a number of police officers who said they spotted two cars "travelling in convoy" from the Waterside towards the cityside of Derry. As a result, police at PSNI Maydown alerted colleagues in An Garda Siochana based in Letterkenny. The vehicles travelled to Lifford, where the Toyota was abandoned.

The trial heard that as the Passat drove towards Ballybofey, Co Donegal, it was spotted by a specialist Garda armed response unit, who gave chase, stopping the car about a mile outside the village of Killygordon.

Along with the driver and a rear seat passenger, McVeigh was found sitting in the front passenger seat.

In a follow-up search of the route taken by the Passat Garda found three pairs of Tesco Marigold-type gloves, later found to have traces of explosives residue.

In addition, RDX explosive traces were also found on McVeigh's black outer jacket and tracksuit bottoms.

Further traces of RDX were found on swabs taken from the front seat of the VW car, the interior door handles and from the rear seat.

Similar explosive traces were found on the Toyota car, located six days later in the car park where it had been left that night.

Following his arrest under Section 30 of the Republic's Offences Against the State Act, the court heard McVeigh gave his name and date of birth, but refused to answer any Garda questions.

He was subsequently released on bail by Garda detectives. The trial heard that McVeigh was finally arrested over the murder bid in Eglinton by PSNI detectives on a Lurgan-bound train in May 2016.

The judge rejected defence arguments that traces of RDX explosives found on McVeigh's clothing were from an "innocent contamination".

Judge Fowler said he also drew an inference from McVeigh's refusal to give evidence at his trial and said he was satisfied the defendant was a front seat passenger in the car which took him to and from the scene of the planned attack.

He also rejected defence submissions that the device was not capable of detonation and could have been an elaborate hoax.

The trial judge said it was a fully functioning device, containing 322 grammes of Semtex explosives, with RDX being the main component.

Contained inside a black box, measuring 20cms by 15 cms by 20cms, the device was equipped with detonator, battery, circuit board, timer unit, mercury tilt switch, two toggles and a copper cone.

The copper cone was designed so that "on detonation it was deformed by the blast into a 'slug' or rod-shaped projectile".

A subsequent field test on a model of car similar to that driven by the policeman "showed that anyone sitting on the driving seat would have sustained serious and possibly fatal injuries".

Judge Fowler said: "I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that this was a viable device.

"I am also satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that this device was constructed and planted under the car with the intent to kill the driver once the vehicle was moved.

"I find the defendant guilty on both counts."

Judge Fowler remanded the defendant into custody and McVeigh will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

IRA, Diplock Court Belfast, Kevin O Neill

IRA Attacks on Drug dealers for Protection Money

Four men went on trial in Belfast facing a total of nine terrorist related charges between them, including IRA membership, possession of firearms, conspiracy to attack suspected drug dealers, collecting information on dealers and possessing materials useful to terrorists.

The four men refused to stand at the start of the Diplock-style non-jury trial before Crown Court Judge Patricia Smyth.

The court was told the men could allegedly be identified from covert voice recordings made by the security services.

A senior prosecution barrister further claimed the recordings, made between December 2013 and May the following year, taken together with other circumstantial evidence, the court could infer "that they are members of the IRA, carrying out activities on behalf of the IRA".

On trial are 52-year-old Dunmurry men, Mark Gerard Heaney of Lagmore Gardens, and Daniel Joseph Anthony McClean of Lagmore Gardens, and west Belfast men, 62-year-old Kevin O'Neill from Coolnasilla Park south and 41-year-old Robert Warnock O'Neill of Bingnian Drive.

All are accused of IRA membership between December 2013 and June 2014, and conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm on a suspected drug dealer.

Heaney and Robert O'Neill also face separate charges of possessing a firearm with intent and under suspicious circumstances, and with McClean also with collecting information on drug dealers and falsely imprisoning a suspected dealer.

Kevin O'Neill alone is additionally charged with possessing articles useful to terrorists including an imitation firearm, camouflage jackets and black gloves, allegedly uncovered during a search of his home following his arrest in June 2014.

The trial continues on Wednesday when the court will hear a number of defence legal submissions on the admissibility as evidence of the alleged covert recordings of the men.

IRA, Diplock Court Belfast, Kevin O Neill, Joseph McClean, Mark Heaney, Robert O Neil

Thursday, October 11, 2018

McCabe Tribunal, Justice Peter Charleton, Maurice McCabe, Fianna Fail

When Allegations of Sex Crime are used as a Political Weapon to Assassinate good people

Whatever political or social views are held by any citizen, no citizen should be content when false allegations of sexual crime are used against any individual for any reason. Garda Maurice McCabe was branded a sex criminal by the most senior member of An Garda Sochana, when no evidence ever existed to support such vexatious and malicious claims.

Each and every day false allegations of sexual crime are leveled against good people and in many cases these false allegations have led to people being convicted before the Courts and even The Court of Appeal has been fooled by well scholared liars and corrupt Gardai.

Those who are hurt most by these political conspiracies are the real and actual victims of sexual crime, victims whose assertions will be more and more questioned as the public lose faith in a system that allows good people to be destroyed by people pursuing personal or political vendetta’s.

Where was the voice of so-called victims’ groups when it was clear that the State and some of its leading dignitaries had led a disgraceful and vexatious smear campaign against Maurice McCabe. Hundreds of Millions of Euro of Tax Payer’s money is being pumped into so-called victims’ groups to protect and speak up for the vulnerable, however, it appears from the Maurice McCabe conspiracy that those victims’ groups will not bite the political hand that feeds them.

Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan told TD that Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe was a sex abuser, The Charleton Tribunal has found:

Mr Charleton: Maurice McCabe was ‘repulsively denigrated’ for being no more than a good citizen and police officer

The Charleton Tribunal has found that the then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan told a Dáil deputy in early 2014 that whistle-blower Sgt Maurice McCabe had sexually abused his own family.

In a report published on Thursday, Mr Justice Peter Charleton said he accepted what the former head of the Public Accounts Committee, John McGuinness, said in evidence of a meeting in a car park in West Dublin.

Mr Callinan, in his evidence to the tribunal, disputed the Fianna Fáil deputy’s evidence about what was said in the meeting.

The finding is a devastating finding for a former head of the police force. The abuse claim against Mr McCabe was completely without foundation.

Mr McGuinness told the tribunal that the then commissioner said to him that there were issues to do with Sgt McCabe, who at the time was being considered as a potential witness to the Dáil committee.

Mr McGuinness said he was told the sergeant “had sexually abused his family and an individual, that he was not to be trusted, that I had made a grave error in relation to the Public Accounts Committee and the hearings because of this, and that I would find myself in serious trouble.”

Mr Callinan, in his evidence said he did not at any point “speak in derogatory terms of Sgt McCabe nor would I.”

Mr Justice Charleton said the conversation “as described by John McGuinness TD took place.”

He also said that Nóirín O’Sullivan, who succeeded Mr Callinan as commissioner, had said she had no knowledge of the car park meeting. “There is nothing to show otherwise.”

Mr Justice Charleton said that, at the time, Mr Callinan felt a “frontal assault” was needed to stop Sgt McCabe appearing before the committee.

“That involved, regrettably, a pretence that Maurice McCabe was not only unreliable but that reliance on him would be a trap, the springing of which, through him being charged with one or multiple sexual abuse allegations, would leave deputy McGuinness looking more than foolish.”

Campaign of calumny

The tribunal has also found that the former head of the Garda Press Office, Supt Dave Taylor, was involved in a campaign of “calumny” against Sgt McCabe and rejected Supt Taylor’s claim that he was acting under orders.

“The tribunal is convinced that he pursued a scheme that somehow evolved out of his cheek-by-jowl working relationship with Commissioner Callinan.

“Their plan was that there was to be much nodding and winking and references to a historic claim of sexual abuse”, the judge said.

During the tribunal evidence was heard that in 2006 Sgt McCabe was the subject of a claim of historic child sex abuse but that the claim was dismissed by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Justice Charleton said that Supt Taylor was a witness whose “credibility was completely undermined by his own bitterness”.

Mr Justice Charleton said he accepted the evidence given by the Security and Crime editor of The Irish Times, Conor Lally, who rejected a claim by Supt Taylor that he had been briefed negatively about Sgt McCabe.

Repulsively denigrated

In his report, the Supreme Court judge said of Sgt McCabe: “What has been unnerving about more than 100 days of hearings in this tribunal is that a person who stood up for better standards in our national police force, Sergeant Maurice McCabe, and who exemplified hard work in his own calling, was repulsively denigrated for being no more than a good citizen and police officer.”

In investigating the calumny against him, other aspects of our national life have been laid bare, the judge said.

The tribunal has not supported a claim that Ms O’Sullivan treated Sgt McCabe unfairly during the confidential hearings of the O’Higgins Commission, a claim that led to calls for her resignation during 2016.

Mr Justice Charleton said there was a “rush to judgment” in the public mind when selected leaked information from the commission hearings came into the public domain.

The tribunal also rejected the claim that a report broadcast on RTÉ by crime correspondent Paul Reynolds in May, 2016, had “branded” Sgt McCabe “a liar and irresponsible”.

Sgt McCabe believed that the RTÉ report was based on briefing material prepared by the Garda and used by former Garda commissioner Ms O’Sullivan to influence or attempt to influence RTÉ’s report.

However, these allegations are not upheld by Mr Justice Charleton in his report.

“While there was a reference (in Paul Reynolds’ report) to an untruth told by Maurice McCabe to the O’Higgins Commission, there can be no criticism for reporting that,” Mr Justice Charleton writes.

“Furthermore, a reference in the relevant term of reference, (k), to Maurice McCabe being branded as irresponsible is inaccurate. What Paul Reynolds did was honest.

“He was not under the directions of Garda Headquarters and he went about his job as an intelligent and independent reporter. In no sense was he a tool of the higher echelons of Garda Headquarters.”

McCabe Tribunal, Justice Peter Charleton, Maurice McCabe, Fianna Fail