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Mum of murdered boy Michael McIlveen on assault charge

By Chris Kilpatrick

The mother of a schoolboy murdered in a sectarian attack has been accused of assault.

Michael McIlveen (15) was killed by a loyalist gang who kicked and beat him to death with a baseball bat eight years ago.

His mother Gina (43), of Glendun Drive in Ballymena, is accused of assaulting another woman in July of this year. A youth faces the same charge in relation to the alleged incident, as well as a charge of attempted criminal damage.

Ms McIlveen and the youth were not present for a brief hearing at Antrim Magistrates Court yesterday.

A lawyer said Ms McIlveen was on a family holiday. The case was adjourned for a fortnight.

Last year Christopher Francis Kerr (26) was given a minimum nine-year prison sentence while Aaron Cavana Wallace (25) was ordered to serve eight years for their involvement in the death of Michael 'Mickybo' McIlveen. The pair pleaded guilty to murdering the teenager after a second trial.

Kerr had obtained the bat used to batter the teenager to death in Ballymena town centre on May 8, 2006. The court heard how Michael and a friend were chased through a housing estate by the killers before the fatal attack took place in nearby fields.

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