Monday, June 13, 2005

McCartney friend in court


Glengormley man Brendan Devine who was stabbed in a Belfast bar along with Robert McCartney appeared in court on Tuesday in connection with a stolen vehicle.

Devine of Mayfield Village was charged with receiving stolen goods (a Mercedes four wheel drive) on August 3, 2003.

Charges of using a fraudulent tax disc, fraudulent registration mark, no test certificate and no insurance on the same date were also included.

The case was adjourned until June 21.

Devine is also awaiting sentencing for his part in an armed robbery in South Belfast last year.

In January this year Devine, John Connolly O’Connor and William Evans pleaded guilty to robbing a Cashco employee and taking a cash-box valued at £1,800. The boxes usually contain about £25,000.

Devine is also due to make another appearance before judges in the summer. This relates to an incident in November 2003 when a pub bouncer was stabbed.

He has been charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.

A second man Hugh ‘Applegoat’ McCormick, from Carryduff, has also been charged with offences linked to the attack.

McCormick is the brother of James ‘Dim’ McCormick who has been charged with attempting to murder Devine during the pub brawl, which resulted in the death of Robert McCartney.

Devine will be one of the witnesses who will testify against those accused of attempted murder on himself and the murder of Robert McCartney.

Of course, the mainstream media will ignore this because it hurts the image that they have created of Robert McCartney being a saint.


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