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Press identity challenge failed

A press challenge to the ban on revealing the identity of a woman charged with murdering her baby has failed. Lawyers for the Belfast Telegraph’s publishers attempted to have reporting restrictions lifted, claiming the public has a right to know full details in the case. But with a consultant psychiatrist warning that naming the accused […]
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Schoolgirl spectator hit by an ice hockey puck

A schoolgirl spectator hit on the forehead by an ice hockey puck at a Belfast Giants match is not entitled to damages, a High Court judge ruled today. Courtney Harris-Browning was seeking a £30,000 award in a potentially landmark action against the team’s owners and the occupiers of the Odyssey Arena. But Mr Justice Gillen […]
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PSNI chiefs unlawfully read a sealed letter

PSNI chiefs unlawfully read a sealed letter from a former policeman suspected of circulating serving officer’s personal details to inmates while in prison, a High Court judge ruled today. Mr Justice Treacy held that Kyle Jones’ right to legal professional privilege (LPP) was breached by the decision to open correspondence to his solicitor. He said: […]
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Woman falsely portrayed, advertising sex

A Northern Ireland woman whose private photos appeared on a website for prostitutes is to receive £28,000 in damages, the High Court ruled today. The award was made to the mother-of-one for her ordeal in being falsely portrayed as advertising sex for sale. The Master ruled that the woman was entitled to £15,000 compensation for […]
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Judge spares Victorian warehouse

A High Court judge today spared a Victorian warehouse in Belfast city centre from demolition for a second time. Mr Justice Treacy quashed a renewed planning decision to have the historic Athletic Stores building pulled down and replaced with residential and retail premises. He ruled that the Department of the Environment failed to properly consider […]
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Woman to be awarded up to £5 million for brain injury

A woman set to be awarded up to £5 million for a catastrophic brain injury suffered in a road accident should receive a lump-sum compensation, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Gillen decided against an alternative periodical payment order due to the impact of an anticipated deduction in the pay-out for the victim […]
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Giro d’Italia: Belfast

Belfast hosted Giro d’Italia with three days of action packed cycling from 8th to 10th May 2014. The Giro d’Italia, one of the world’s largest cycling events, is second only to the Tour de France. Almost 200 of the top professional cyclists from across the globe visited Northern Ireland to compete and an around 12.5 […]
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The Simon Community

O’Neill  Solicitors were delighted  to continue to assist The Simon Community in their work to accommodate the homeless at Dunmurry Golf Club on 11th September 2014.The firm wishes to thank Brian Shanks and his team at the Simon Community for a great day of golf, great food and fundraising which was made more memorable by […]
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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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