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Mum accused of attacking son's killer

By Paul Higgins

The mother of slain schoolboy Michael McIlveen will go on trial next month for allegedly attacking her son's murderer.

Gina McIlveen (46) was excused from attending Antrim Magistrates' Court yesterday, where it was heard there would be two witnesses testifying in the case, which is scheduled for October 24.

Ms McIlveen, from Glendun Drive in Ballymena, is accused of assaulting Mervyn Moon on August 14.

Her son Michael (15) was kicked and beaten with a baseball bat in an alleyway after being chased by a gang in his hometown in May 2006.

The teenager, known as Mickybo, died from brain injuries inflicted during the assault.

Moon, from Douglas Terrace in Ballymena, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for a minimum 10 years after the prosecution outlined how the schoolboy died "solely as a consequence of the blows issued by Mervyn Moon with the baseball bat".

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