E’ stato rinviato fino a nuovo anno il procedimento di appello dell’icona lealista Michael Stone
L’appello di Michael Stone non potrà avere inizio fino ad almeno il prossimo febbraio.
Questa la decisione a cui sono pervenuti i giudici, dopo che gli avvocati della difesa hanno detto di essere ancora in attesa delle trascrizioni del processo originale.
Stone, 53 anni, membro di spicco dell’Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) e ridotto su di una sedia a rotelle da una grave forma di artrite, venne condannato per il tentato di omicidio dei leaders del Sinn Fein Gerry Adams e Martin McGuinness, nel novembre del 2006 a Stormont.
Stone’s appeal postponed until next year (U TV)
Loyalist Michael Stone will have to wait until next year to appeal his conviction for trying to murder Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
Judges said the challenge would not proceed any earlier than February after being told defence lawyers were still waiting for transcripts from the original trial.
Stone, 53, was found guilty of attempting to kill the top republicans in a lone assault on Parliament Buildings at Stormont, in November 2006.
A trial judge rejected his claims that the attack was part of an elaborate piece of performance art.
The one-time loyalist icon, now crippled with arthritis, had gone to Stormont armed with explosives, knives, an axe and a garrotte.
He was wrestled to the ground by two security guards after bursting through the main doors as Assembly members were gathered inside.
The attack was captured by film crews and photographers who were there to cover developments in the political process.
As well as the two attempted murder charges, he was convicted in November 2008 on seven other counts, including possession of nail bombs, three knives, a garrotte and an axe, as well as causing criminal damage to the Stormont building.
Dealing with a potential date for the appeal, the judge said others have already been listed for January.
Stone’s case was listed again for mention later this year, with Lord Justice Higgins confirming: “On that occasion we will fix a date (for the appeal) not earlier than the 1st of February.”