Thursday, 26 April 2012

Newry éirígí activist to contest charges

éirígí’s Newry spokesperson will contest charges brought against him by the PSNI at a court hearing due to be held tomorrow, Friday, April 27.

In September, Stephen Murney was arrested and beaten by the PSNI during a British state forces operation in the Derrybeg estate. Stephen had been in the area in response to requests from local residents who were extremely concerned and alarmed by the PSNI’s aggressive behaviour during a very heavy-handed operation, which saw local homes being raided, residents being harassed on the street and cars searched.

As Stephen and other members of the local community remonstrated with the PSNI over their behaviour, PSNI personnel singled Stephen out and then assaulted and arrested him.

After being beaten, Stephen was taken to Armagh PSNI barracks where he was held for seven hours before being charged with several spurious offences, including resisting arrest and assault – even though it was he who was the victim of the assault.

After several court appearances a date has now been set for a full hearing of the case on April 27.

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