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Mum of murdered schoolboy Michael McIlveen faces trial next month accused of retaliation attack

By Paul Higgins

The grieving mum of murdered schoolboy Michael 'Mickey bo' McIlveen will go on trial next month accused of assaulting the sectarian thug who murdered her son.

Gina McIlveen (46) had been excused from attending Antrim Magistrates Court on Tuesday to hear there will be two witnesses two testify at her contest which Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter scheduled for 24 October.

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

Previously defence solicitor Aidan Carlin has told the court that having taken instructions from his client, "its to be contested."

In a shocking and horrifying sectarian attack, 15-year-old schoolboy Michael McIlveen 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 to his friends and family as Micky bo, died later from brain injuries inflicted during the assault.

Moon, who pleaded guilty to murder and is from Douglas Terrace in Ballymena, 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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