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Madness gig for man accused of parliamilitary-style shooting

Madness are among the latest acts announced for Belsonic
Staff Reporter

A MAN accused of carrying out a paramilitary-style shooting in the Ardoyne area of Belfast has had one of his bail conditions varied so he can attend a Madness concert.

Patrick Joseph O'Neill is due to stand trial at Belfast Crown Court later this year on charges arising from the November 2010 gun attack. During the incident at Brompton Park, the victim was shot several times in the groin and abdomen.

O'Neill (41), of no fixed abode, has been charged with but has denied offences including wounding with intent, and possession of a Glock pistol with intent.

Defence barrister Jonathan Brown at Belfast Crown Court applied to have one of O'Neill's bail conditions varied to allow him to attend the Madness concert - part of the Belsonic music event.

An application was made to relax the existing curfew of 8pm to 6am to enable O'Neill to go to the gig at Titanic Belfast. Mr Brown asked that for one evening only, on Saturday August 20, O'Neill's curfew is extended to 11.30pm.

Making the application, Mr Brown said that since his client was released on bail, he had adhered to all bail conditions imposes, including observing the curfew.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC granted the application, and extended the curfew to midnight.

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