Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Loyalist's son charged with raping two women

The son of a leading Shankill Road loyalist has been charged with raping two women.

Paul Samuel Hamilton is also charged with falsely imprisoning one of his alleged victims following an incident in north Belfast on April 26.

The 22-year-old from Avoca Street appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He was accompanied to the Laganside complex by his father Paul 'Gull' Hamilton, who in 1976 was convicted of the sectarian UDA murder of Catholic hot-dog seller William John Boviard.

As the pair were leaving court Gull confronted our reporter, saying: “Why are you taking photos of him (his son), sure he's only charged with motoring offences.”

Minutes earlier Magistrate Fiona Bagnall was told by Paul Samuel Hamilton's solicitor that his client's younger sister had been assaulted and the attack was connected to the rape charges.

The court also heard that a second man is facing serious charges relating to the April 26 incident.

Neil Jamison, 20, with an address at Summer Street, is also accused of raping one of Paul Samuel Hamilton's alleged victims.

Both men have been freed on bail and will appear in court again on December 1.