Belfast Telegraph

Bid to reinstate charges in Robert Hamill murder case

By Alan Erwin

The Public Prosecution Service has launched a High Court bid to reinstate criminal proceedings against two men and a woman in connection with the Robert Hamill murder.

Its challenge is centred on the decision to halt conspiracy to pervert the course of justice charges faced by the trio, who included a former RUC officer and his wife.

Proceedings were stayed by a district judge earlier this year due to the perceived unreliability of a key witness in the case.

Mr Hamill was beaten to death by a loyalist mob in Portadown, Co Armagh, in 1997. He never regained consciousness, dying in hospital 12 days later. RUC officers in the area at the time have been accused of failing to intervene in the assault.

One of those in a Land Rover at the scene was Robert Cecil Atkinson (59).

He and his wife, Eleanor Atkinson, of Brownstown Road, Portadown, had both been accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Similar allegations were made against Kenneth Hanvey, of Derryanvil Road in the town.

Mr Justice Treacy listed the case for hearing on November 8.

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