Belfast Telegraph

Pair appear in court over violence at Maghaberry

By Paul Higgins

Two men appeared in court yesterday over charges linked to disturbances at Maghaberry high-security prison.

James Jelley (46) is charged with arson over a fire he allegedly started in a recreation room and causing criminal damage to a TV, pool table and telephone on April 23 last year.

Appearing alongside him at Lisburn Magistrates' Court was 34-year-old William John Mulholland (34), who is charged with assaulting a prison officer, possessing a weapon - a ceramic cup - with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to the officer and causing unnecessary suffering to a prison dog.

No facts of the case were opened, but previous hearings were told that the charges arose from disturbances at the prison, during which items were set on fire and Mulholland allegedly threw a cup of tea at the dog and his handler.

During a preliminary inquiry (PI), a prosecuting lawyer claimed that papers submitted to the court formed the basis for a prima facie case against Mulholland and Jelley.

The defendants' lawyers - Hamill Clawson for Mulholland and Peter Coiley for Jelley - told the court they had no contrary submissions.

Mulholland, from Mount Vernon Gardens in north Belfast, and Jelley, whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry, were told they could comment on the charges, give evidence to the PI or call witnesses on their behalf, but both opted to remain silent.

While both defendants were granted bail of £500, they were returned to custody on other matters.

District Judge Rosie Watters returned the case to Craigavon Crown Court, and ordered both of the defendants to appear there on September 1 for an arraignment hearing.

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