Mum of murdered schoolboy accused of assaulting one of his killers
The mum of murdered Northern Ireland schoolboy Michael 'Mickey bo' McIlveen has appeared in court accused of assaulting one of the teenager's killers.
Standing in the dock of Antrim Magistrates Court, 46-year-old Gina McIlveen confirmed she understood the single charge against her.
Ms McIlveen, from Glendun Drive in Ballymena, is accused of assaulting Mervyn Moon on 14 August this year.
While a prosecuting lawyer withdrew an allegation that Ms McIlveen possessed a weapon, a police constable told the court he believed he could connect the defendant to the charge of common assault.
Defence solicitor Aidan Carlin told the court that having taken instructions from his client, "it's to be contested" and asked for the case to be adjourned for two weeks.
Both Mr Carlin and the PPS lawyer said they would have witness availability by that time so the matter could be fixed for contest at that stage.
Releasing Ms McIlveen, District Judge Oonagh Mullan excused her from attending court on 19 September but advised her to "keep in contact with your solicitor."
In a shocking and horrifying sectarian attack, 15-year-old schoolboy Michael McIlveen was kicked and beaten with a baseball bat in an alleyway after being chased by a gang in his hometown in May 2006.
The teenager, known to his friends and family as Mickybo, died later from brain injuries inflicted during the assault.
Moon, who pleaded guilty to murder and is from Douglas Terrace in Ballymena, was jailed for a minimum 10 years after the prosecution outlined how the schoolboy died "solely as a consequence of the blows issued by Mervyn Moon with the baseball bat."
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