Sectarian motive confirmed

The attack on Michael McIlveen has been formally confirmed as sectarian today in court. One of the 30 strong group shouted a sectarian insult and the Crown lawyer said:

“This attack is believed by police to have been an organised and determined incident based on a sectarian motive…”

  • Fanny

    “During Wednesday’s hearing, the Crown lawyer said it was initially thought he only suffered a hand injury when he made his way home after the assault, but he died the next day.”

    Ye gods, who thought “he only suffered a hand injury”, the marines?

  • na

    I’m interested in why the only person denying (or reluctant to admit?) a sectarian motive over the recent multiple attacks at a BBQ in Derry seem to be the family of the young man left for dead.

    Anyone know why the young man’s father is/was denying sectarianism while the PSNI see it as such?

  • Octane

    na:

    “Anyone know why the young man’s father is/was denying sectarianism while the PSNI see it as such?”

    Not sure, but the PSNI often quickly announce a sectarian motive as a default now – it’s easier than taking the stick for saying it’s not sectarian when people think it might be.

    For example here the SDLP jumped on the Police for not blaming every attack in Ahoghill last summer on sectarianism. It is widely known that in one (and only one, to my knowledge) of the cases, a non-political and non-religious dispute was at least a major factor in the attack. The PSNI officer in question was therefore accurate in saying that not all of the attacks were purely sectarian.

    Of course, other attacks were purely sectarian, but the rush for nationalists to blame any attacks on Catholics on Unionist/Loyalist b1gotry and sectarianism does nothing to help get at the truth.

    So maybe the PSNI in Londonderry are simply pre-empting this sort of complaint by saying “sectarian” as early as possible.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4570311.stm

  • Octane

    Sorry, the URL in “here” should be:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4164160.stm

    Ignore the other link – it’s not that relevant.

  • Alan Law

    Young protestants and catholics fighting with each other? whatever next?

    A lot of the issues in this case are more complex than simple sectarianism….the story so far…man has 2 children 2 separate mothers. One brought up as protestant the other catholic.
    They grow up loathing each other.

    The protestant man is one of those charged with the McIlveen murder, the catholic boy was one of McIlveen’s closest friends.

    It is often also 2 easy to blame social deprivation, this is not the case, many of the accused come from privileged backgrounds.

    All these kids and young adults knew each other well, this issue is too easily dismissed as simple sectarianism.

    Whatever the reason for the hatred and sectarianism was certainly a factor, where now?

  • TAFKABO

    The protestant man is one of those charged with the McIlveen murder, the catholic boy was one of McIlveen’s closest friends.

    Interesting differences of terminoloy in this statement.

  • I wonder why this story, entitled “Murder witness threats” from

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    hasn’t been highlighted more in the media?