McShane to appeal sentence

Thursday, 7 September 2017

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THE BALLYCASTLE Councillor who was sentenced last week for his part in a Twelfth of July flare-up in Ballycastle last year has appealed to the Orange Order locally to talk with the representatives of Ballycastle.
In an exclusive response to the Chronicle, Independent Glens Councillor Padraig McShane struck a defiant note as he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for three years, following last year's incident which involved members of Dervock Young Defenders Band.
During the incident McShane assaulted a police officer and ended up on the ground before being arrested.
Video footage from the day, which was posted widely on social media, showed blood on the 45-year-old councillor's head.
The councillor had previously contested the charges but last week was convicted of assaulting and resisting police and also disorderly behaviour.
Speaking to The Ballycastle Chronicle following the sentencing, Cllr McShane reflected: "The judgement by the court this week weighs no heavier on my mind than the choice of conditioner I should be pairing with shampoo. My only regret is in failing to prevent supremacist marching in the town of Ballycastle."
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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