Belfast Telegraph

Killer in dirty protest at move from Maghaberry cell block

By Alan Erwin

A convicted killer staging a dirty protest has launched a High Court challenge over being forced to move from his cell block.

Victor Kennedy is serving life for battering a Limavady schoolteacher to death to steal his mobile phone.

The 37-year-old was being held in Roe House wing of HMP Maghaberry. He was ordered to move after an incident last month where some inmates were involved in a violent confrontation.

Kennedy, who denies involvement in an alleged assault, has been moved into solitary confinement for refusing to co-operate.

According to his legal team he has been held there for 38 days.

For much of that period he has continued with a so-called dirty protest over his treatment.

He is seeking to judicially review the Prison Service in a bid to return to the same wing of the prison.

Barrister Sean Mullan argued that the decision to move his client within the jail was flawed.

Kennedy was sentenced to at least 14 years in prison for murdering 37-year-old Michael McGinnis in July 2007.

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