Six launch appeals over illegal march convictions
Six men who were found guilty of taking part in an unnotified parade in Londonderry last year are to appeal their convictions.
They are also appealing against £750 fines that were imposed on each in relation to the illegal parade, which took place on Easter Monday 2018.
Launching the appeals are Thomas Ashe Mellon (43), from Rathmore Road; William McDonnell (32), from Harvey Street; Paul McIntyre (51), from Ballymagowan Park; Gary Hayden (46), from Tyrconnell Street; John Nash (65), from Fergleen Park; and Gearoid Cavanagh (30), from Northland Road.
Yesterday at the Magistrates' Court in Derry, District Judge Barney McElholm, who convicted and fined the defendants last week, granted applications to allow the appeals. They will be heard on June 21.
Mr McElholm set appeal bail for each of the six defendants at £750. As part of their bail conditions, he also banned them from taking part in, attending or organising any unnotified or illegal gatherings, parades or processions.