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Derry dissident republican failed to notify police of two bank accounts, court hears

Thomas Ashe Mellon

A LEADING dissident republican who failed to notify police of two bank accounts he had opened has been given an absolute discharge at Derry Magistrates Court.

Thomas Ashe Mellon (45) of Rathmore Road in Derry was charged with failing to notify police of an account he had opened on August 10 2020 as he is obliged to do under the counter terrorism laws.

He was also charged with failing to notify police of another account on dates between July 17 2020 and February 2 2021.

Mellon was convicted under the terrorism legislation in 2015 and as a result he must notify police of these details for a period of 10 years.

Deputy District Judge John Connolly said there was nothing suspicious about the accounts themselves it was just his failure to tell police.

He convicted Mellon of the charges and imposed an absolute discharge for a period of 12 months.

He added that Mellon was now on notice as to what he had to do.

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