A BALLYCASTLE councillor at the centre of a flare-up during a controversial incident at a Twelfth of July parade in the town in 2016 who had previously received a suspended jail term has, upon appeal, had it replaced with a conditional discharge and a £200 fine.
Padraig McShane, (46), an Independent member of Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, had the case dealt with at the County Court during the week.
He had previously denied the charges but was convicted after a contest and last August at Ballymena Magistrates Court he had received a six months prison term, suspended for three years.
He then appealed the convictions and sentence.
The charges were: assault on police; resisting the same officer in the execution of his duty and ‘organising a protest meeting in respect of which the requirements of section 7 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998, as to notice, had not been satisfied’; disorderly behaviour at The Diamond, Ballycastle and the other charge was that ‘at Altananam Park took part in a protest meeting in respect of which the requirements of section 7 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998, as to notice, had not been satisfied’.
At the County Court this week the assault on police conviction was dismissed as was the conviction that he organised an ‘unnotified’ protest meeting.
The conviction for resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty was affirmed by the court but the order was varied to a £100 fine.
The disorderly behaviour conviction was affirmed but the order varied to a two year conditional discharge.
The conviction of taking part in an ‘unnotified’ protest meeting was affirmed but the order varied to a £100 fine.
During the 2016 parade an incident involving the councillor and members of Dervock Young Defenders Band during the return leg of the parade was captured on camera and had a high-profile on social media and mainstream media.