Mickeybo mum 'was provoked' into hitting son's murderer
The grieving mum of murdered teenager Michael 'Mickeybo' McIlveen slapped his killer in the face after she heard him exclaim "f*** her son", a court has heard.
Antrim Magistrates Court also heard that Gina McIlveen (46) tried to hit Mervyn Moon again on Antrim's Main Street, but that the killer ran off.
Mother-of-four McIlveen, from Glendun Drive in Ballymena, pleaded guilty to common assault on August 14 last year. She was handed a conditional discharge for three months.
The court heard that McIlveen heard Moon "laughing on his mobile phone" and said: "F*** her son, f*** her son."
McIlveen slapped him with her right hand, but her lawyer submitted that "this could not have been a more extreme example of provocation".