Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Colour party accused refuses to take stand

Judgment has been reserved in the trial of a Londonderry man accused of being the lead flag bearer in a republican commemoration ceremony.

The Recorder of Belfast Judge David McFarland said he would review the evidence and deliver his verdict on Patrick John McDaid (43) as soon as possible.

Earlier at Belfast Crown Court, McDaid, from Beechwood Avenue in Derry, refused to give evidence on his behalf.

Defence QC Kieran Mallon confirmed with the judge that he had advised the defendant over potential adverse inferences that could be drawn from his failure to do so. He is facing a single count of managing a meeting in support of a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA, on April 25 2011.

It is the Crown case that a man wearing a balaclava and carrying a Tricolour at the head of the parade into Derry’s city cemetery has been identified as McDaid using facial mapping and photograph comparison techniques.

Standing beside republican graves, the masked man delivered a speech in support of the Real IRA and Oglaigh na hEireann (OnH).

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