Northern Ireland

Alleged dissident republican breached bail by travelling to Spain, court told

 Saoradh chairman Stephen Murney
Stephen Murney

A man charged in connection with a dissident republican parade in Derry last year has appeared at the local Magistrate’s Court charged with breaching his bail by spending three days in Spain.

Stephen Murney (39), of Derrybeg Terrace in Newry, faces three charges of encouraging and inciting support for a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA, on April 10 and making a speech on that date which encouraged support.

At Friday’s hearing the court was told that Murney had breached his bail by going to Spain for three days in breach of his residency condition.

A prosecution barrister said that Murney was not permitted overnight stays away from his address except with permission.

It was stressed that if Murney wished to stay anywhere other than his address he had to make an application and give details of who will be there and who he will associate with.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that Murney must make a bail variation application if he wanted to stay anywhere else.

Murney was re-released on bail to appear again on February 29.