22/12/2011

Other NI News In Brief

Barracks Murder Case Ends

The Masserene Barracks murder case has been concluded, but the two men accused of murdering two soldiers in March 2009 outside the Antrim barracks will have to wait until the New Year to hear the outcome. Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers deny the murders of Royal Engineer Regiment Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar as they went to the camp gates to collect a pizza delivery.

Adams Refused Bail

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adam's brother, Liam has been refused bail in Belfast Crown Court. Mr Adams, 56, faces 18 charges of alleged rape and indecent assault against his daughter, Aine Tyrrell, who has waived her right to anonymity in the case. Mr Adams denies all of the charges against him.

Frauds In Court

Four people were convicted at Belfast Magistrates' Court this week for claiming benefits they were not entitled to. Garry McKenzie (39) of Fairview Road, Newtownabbey failed to declare employment while claiming Income Support totalling £325. He was given a £400 fine and ordered to pay court costs of £37. Michelle Doherty (39) of Roden Street, Belfast failed to declare employment while claiming Income Support totalling £3,374. She was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £34. Mark Barnes (22) of Beechgrove Crescent, Newtownabbey failed to declare employment while claiming Jobseekers Allowance totalling £8,235. He was given 80 hours community service and ordered to pay court costs of £28. Caroline Cromie (30) of Blackthorn Park, Carrickfergus failed to declare employment while claiming Jobseekers Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £1,030. She was given a £200 fine and ordered to pay court costs of £110.

(BMcC)

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