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41 charged over 2016 parade by dissident republicans in Lurgan


The parade through the Kilwilkie estate in May 2016
The parade through the Kilwilkie estate in May 2016
Police making arrests over the unnotified rally

By Staff Reporter

A total of 41 people have been charged with taking part in an illegal parade in one of the largest criminal cases to come before the courts in Northern Ireland.

Some 28 men and 13 women were jointly accused on a single count of taking part in an unnotified parade on May 28, 2016.

The charge arose following a dissident republican parade in the Kilwilkie area of Lurgan.

The men charged include : Seamus Byrne, 54, The Orchard, Ardee; Dwyer Campbell, 40, Prospect Way, Lurgan; Noel Coleman, 45, Liscorran Court, Lurgan; Kevin Collins, 41, Wallace Park, Ballymena; Sean Collins, 19,, Creagh Road, Castledawson; Paul Corey, 64, Dingwell Park, Lurgan; Daniel Doherty, 26, Bamford Park, Rasharkin; Dermot Douglas, 54, Mellows Park, Dublin and John Doyle, 65, Dorset Court, Antrim.

Also charged are Christopher Hamill, 29, Church Walk, Lurgan; Brendan Kelly, 26, Carnfenton Park, Rasharkin; Francis Kelly, 37, McGreavy Park, Lurgan; Gerard MacConville, 56, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan; Paul McAleese, 49, Bawnmore, Bellaghy; Adrian McCann, 51, Church Ciew, Randalstown; Ciaran McConville, 25, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan; John Joseph McCusker, 65, Galloon Gardens, Newtownbutler and Martin McAvoy, 34, Tarry Drive, Lurgan.

The other men charged are Gerard McGaghey, 46, Bawnmore, Bellaghy; Damien McKenna, 36, Lurgan Tarry, Lurgan; Gavin McKenna, 35, Victoria Gardens, Lurgan; Sean McKenna, 28, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan; Ryan McPeake, 26, Station Road, Magherafelt; Michael McTaggart, 28, Portina Road, Rasharkin; Patrick Mongan, 22, Portland Manor, Lurgan; Paul Murnaghan, 26, Cherrywood, Lurgan; John Joseph O'Neill, 55, Birchwood, Bellaghy; Barry Toman, 40, Drumnamoe Ave, Lurgan.

The women charged include: Chloe Clarke, 21, Lurgan Tarry, Lurgan; Tracey Collins, 43, Creagh Road, Castledawson; Claire Conway, 42, Main Street, Feeny; Loretta Curran, 46, Craigback Road, Eglinton; Gemma Hughes, 27, Mullaghmeash Park, Feeny and Amelda Lockhart, 41, Mullaghmeash Park, Feeny.

The other woman charged are Kyla Lockhart, 22, Mullaghmeash Park, Feeny; Natasha Lockhart, 23, Mullaghmeash Park, Feeny; Rebecca McConville, 55, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan; Kerry McGahan, 27, Campbell Walk, Lurgan; Marie Theresa McGahan, 46, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan; Nula Ann Moore, 72, Beechgrove Lawns, Monaghan, and Kelly Mullaney, 33, Drumnamoe Ave, Lurgan.

None of the defendants attended court yesterday, where a prosecuting lawyer told Deputy District Judge Peter Magill that for 11, the charge is to be withdrawn with a police caution given.

The 11 are Dwyer Campbell, Sean Collins, Tracey Collins, Gemma Hughes, Imelda Lockhart, Natasha Lockhart, Paul McAleese, Adrian McCann, Gerard McCaughey, Ryan McPeake and John Joseph O'Neill.

In relation to the other 30, the lawyer asked for their cases to be adjourned for two weeks to ascertain whether a caution was suitable and if not, then for the defendants' plea to be indicated.

The case will be mentioned again on 30 August.

One of the 41, Gavin McKenna, faces similar charges on another bill of indictment.

Jointly accused with 51-year-old Audrey Sharpe, from Drumbeg, Tullygally, Lurgan, the pair are accused of taking part in an unnotified parade on March 26 2016.

That case was also adjourned for two weeks "for attitude."

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