Saturday 19 April 2014

Orange Order expels rugby star David Tweed after child sex conviction

David Tweed has been found guilty of child sex abuse charges

FORMER Ireland rugby star David Tweed has been expelled from the Orange Order after he was convicted of a catalogue of child sex offences.

Tweed, a Ballymena councillor and member of the Royal Black Institution (RBI), was found guilty on Wednesday of 13 sexual abuse charges against two young girls over an eight-year period.

The RBI said the process of expelling Tweed has begun.

An Orange Order spokesman said: "Mr Tweed's conviction automatically terminates his membership."

It is understood that while Orange Order rules allow immediate action to be taken against its members, the RBI's internal disciplinary procedures take longer to implement.

"Following the conviction of David Tweed the process began yesterday (Wednesday) to expel him from the institution," a spokesman for the RBI said.

The 53-year-old is currently suspended from the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV).

Tweed is due to be sentenced early next year.

Irish Independent

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