Canning refused bail again

The 1pm BBC Radio Ulster news [can’t find an online link apart from the one here] noted that Marvin Canning, a brother-in-law of the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, was refused bail again in the High Court today on charges relating to the abduction and assault of a couple in Mullingar, Co Westmeath – the man was shot in both ankles and the couple were released in the Creggan estate in Derry City. The hearing had been adjourned yesterday when, according to today’s Irish News report [subs req], Mr Canning’s defence solicitor said that his client was “not a member of any proscribed organisation” and that “if granted bail Canning would go and live with his brother in Middlesex at an address which has been approved by the police”.

A Crown lawyer said despite the address being approved, police were still objecting to bail on the grounds of a risk of interference to “the witnesses and the criminal investigation.”

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  • jim

    Slow news day !!

  • circles

    Nice Pete – timed just right for the siesta 😉

    Meanwhile, a third sack of rice is reported to have fallen over today in the the southern Chinese province of GuangXi…….

  • PeaceandJustice

    Of course, if the news item was about the relative of any Unionist politician then Slugger would have to get more server space to cope with all the messages.

    In fact, I’m sure Chris Donnelly could tell us which relatives of Unionist politicians have got speeding fines, parking fines that kind of thing. The Sinn Fein IRA information gathering section obviously hasn’t been decommissioned.

  • joeCanuck

    I have to agree with jim and cicles.
    Hardly newsworthy.

  • Cruimh

    And the shinners say that Willie Frazer associates with undesirables ? 😉

  • UFB

    Nah Cruimh it’s the PSNI that says wallowing Willie associates with undesireables which is why he got his application for a PI protection weapon knocked back.

  • Dewi

    Nothing to do with the thread – but Welsh people can sing ! – nos da !

  • Pete Baker

    In a probably futile attempt to point the comments back to the actual topic..


    No offence, but there isn’t a vote on whether it’s newsworthy or not – at least not one that I’m going to pay any attention to.

    I noted the abduction and shooting when it occurred. The complaints only started when the accused was identified. I’ll continue to follow the case.

  • Garcia

    [play the ball – edited moderator]

  • ciaran

    You can’t blame Martin for this pj , remember , you can choose your friends and all that.

  • PeaceandJustice

    UFB – ” … wallowing Willie associates with undesireables”

    Using that logic, now that Paisley has got a Sinn Fein IRA deputy, he is associating with undesirables too!

    And how dare Willie Fraser complain about having family members murdered by the Sinn Fein IRA death squads – especially as they are now in Government.

    From the FAIR web site:
    “It is the responsibility of FAIR to ensure the truth is uncovered and to pave the way for both Protestants and Roman Catholics to live in perfect harmony in South Armagh.”

    Sounds reasonable to me.

    Martin McG is an elected representative. Of course this story is of interested to everyone, except SF IRA who don’t want it mentioned.

  • joeCanuck

    No offence taken Pete.
    I don’t think for a moment that I (or anyone else) can influence what you choose to write about.
    Was just passing comment.

  • Merrie


    >>I noted the abduction and shooting when it occurred. The complaints only started when the accused was identified. I’ll continue to follow the case.<

    Could it be because
    1. the perpetrators were loyalist/protestant
    2. the perpetrators were not related to anyone in SF, even as in-laws or third cousins twice-removed.

  • snakebrain

    Yeah I thought that story deserved a mention somewhere on here Merrie, it’s a pretty shocking tale all round, though I’m not sure of its broader implications, except that it says virulent sectarianism is alive and well in NI.

    There’s not that much detail in the BBC coverage; if you can get your hands on it the Ballymena Times at the time covered it in a lot of detail. It’s bloodcurdling. The Micky McIlveen murder was less disturbing; I’m obviously not playing down his death, but it was in a heated on-street situation, and while those who perpetrated it were lowlife of the lowest order, this one is adults displaying raw sectarianism of a much higher order.

    “Let’s kill a taig,” were the words of Aaron White just before he did his best to do just that. He went into the house next door and told a party full of people what was going on, and that under no circumstances was anybody to come in. It’s unbelievable.

  • lib2016

    “I thought that story deserved a mention….”

    Sometimes silence speaks louder than words.