28/03/2018

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HLM Selected For Minor Works Framework

The Belfast Health & Social Care Trust has selected design and architecture firm, HLM, for Lot 4 of 'Framework for Consultancy Services in Connection with Minor Works Schemes'.

The work will specifically be carried out at the Mater Hospital, Muckamore Abbey Hospital and North & West Community.

With a studio in Belfast city centre, HLM has been appointed to provide architectural services for the Trust, from new buildings to extensions and refurbishments. The framework activity has a works cost of between £5,000 and £1,000,000.

Simon Bell, HLM Director, said: "HLM is delighted to begin work with the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust and help develop important healthcare improvements in Belfast. Our team is looking forward to further building on our experience within the healthcare sector."

Belfast Woman Receives Confiscation Order

The Department for Communities Financial Investigation Unit has obtained a Confiscation Order to the value of £8,652.63 against a Belfast woman at Belfast Crown Court.

Maureen Kerrigan claimed Pension Credit for herself and her partner despite neither of them working.

On 22 November 2017, the defendant pleaded guilty to four charges of dishonesty. At the confiscation hearing the Court granted a Confiscation Order in the amount of £8,652.63.
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The defendant must satisfy the order within three months or serve a default sentence of three months in custody for non-payment of the order, which will remain payable.

Call For Review Of How Criminal Justice System Handles Alleged Sexual Crimes

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MLA has called for a review of the policy and practice of how the criminal justice system handles alleged sexual crimes, following the conclusion of the trial of two Ireland and Ulster rugby players.

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were found not guilty of raping a woman at a house in Belfast in 2016. Jackson was also acquitted of a further charge of sexual assault, while two other men were also found not guilty on related charges.

"This has been a very high profile case within an intense public spotlight, which has highlighted a wide range of issues relating to the policy and practice of how the criminal justice system handles sexual crimes, including rape," said Dr Farry.

"It is crucial the system works for potential victims and the interests of justice are maintained. In particular, it is important alleged victims have sufficient encouragement to seek justice and have confidence in the system to do so. We cannot allow alleged victims to feel re-traumatised in the pursuit of justice.

"Compared to other types of crime, more attention tends to fall on the actions and comments of complainants, and the criminal justice system needs to ensure the right approach is found, focusing on the relevant issues while preserving the integrity of justice."

(CD/MH)

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