Monday 21 August 2017

Man in court over offensive online remarks about Manchester atrocity

Kevin O'Neill pictured outside Belfast Magistrates Court. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Kevin O'Neill pictured outside Belfast Magistrates Court. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Allan Preston

A man from Belfast appeared in court accused of making grossly offensive comments about the Manchester bombing on social media.

Kevin O'Neill (19), from the Cliftonville Road area, appeared in Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday morning before District Judge Bagnall.

The Manchester bombing killed 22 people and injured many more as they were leaving an Ariana Grande concert on May 22.

Mr O'Neill was arrested the following day under the Malicious Communications Act and charged with improper use of a public electronic communications network.

Dressed in a navy T-shirt with grey stripes, he nodded from the dock when asked if he understood the charges made against him.

His solicitor Sarah McKeown asked for an adjournment of two weeks to review all the papers involved in the case.

Released on continuing bail, Mr O'Neill is to appear before court again on July 3 where he is expected to enter a plea on the charges.

Irish Independent

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