08 Aug 2014R v Atkinson, Atkinson and Hanvey
District Judge King has delivered a ruling in relation to various applications made by the prosecution in R v Atkinson, Atkinson and Hanvey. All of the applications were granted, with the exception of an application to admit hearsay evidence of one witness. This evidence is not essential at this stage of proceedings and can, in any event, be proven by other means; from the content of the witnessís police interview and the relevant Certificate of Conviction.
07 Jul 2014R v Atkinson, Atkinson and Hanvey
Various applications were heard by the District Judge at Craigavon Magistratesí Court on Monday 30 June 2014. Judgement on these is to be delivered on Wednesday 9 July 2014. A mixed committal is scheduled to take place at Craigavon Court commencing on 11 August 2014 and listed until 22 August 2014. The purpose of a mixed committal is to enable the defence to call certain witnesses and to assist the court in determining whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Crown Court for trial.
Robert Hamill Inquiry
On the 16 November 2004 the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Paul Murphy, announced the terms of reference for the inquiry into the death of Robert Hamill following an incident in Portadown, County Armagh on 27 April 1997.
Terms of Reference
To inquire into the death of Robert Hamill with a view to determining whether any wrongful act or omission by or within the Royal Ulster Constabulary facilitated his death or obstructed the investigation of it, or whether attempts were made to do so; whether any such act or omission was intentional or negligent; whether the investigation of his death was carried out with due diligence; and to make recommendations.