Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Man 'who put photos of police officers on Facebook' appears in court

A 30-year-old Newry man who published photographs he took of police on duty on his Facebook page, has gone on trial accused of possessing, collecting and communicating information likely to be of use to terrorists.

Belfast Crown Court heard that the photographs were found on a computer, along with two videos on an iPhone, after a police search of the Derrybeg Terrace home of Stephen Martin Murney in November 2012.

While Murney, who has been in custody since his arrest, denies the offences, his defence lawyer Barry Macdonald QC SC yesterday applied to Deputy Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC for a direction that Murney has no case to answer.

The prosecution claim the photos, taken between August 2011 and July 2012, were placed on his open Facebook account, which would enable any other account-holder to view them.

Both lawyers have been asked by the Deputy Recorder to supply written submissions on the matters for her consideration before ruling on the direction application next week.

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