The BBC report of a, denied, bail application in the High Court today includes the prosecuting barrister’s description of a 1999-2000 “investigation” by an un-named “community organisation, or a paramilitary organisation” into allegations of child abuse in Belfast. From the BBC report
The alleged offences were committed on teenage girls in Belfast on dates between 1996 and 2000, a judge was told.
A prosecution barrister said the allegations first emerged when one of the girls spoke to a friend in 1999.
“She was aware a community organisation, or a paramilitary organisation, told her to go to a meeting with them about these allegations which resulted in a year-long investigation by them in 1999-2000,” the lawyer said.
It was claimed that the offences against the other two alleged victims were committed while this inquiry was carried out.
The court heard the first girl said she was questioned and a face-to-face meeting set up with the organisation which Mr Morris also attended.
“She was asked to confront him with the allegations and he denied them,” the barrister said.
The report continues
During the summer of 2000, the other two girls made disclosures about their alleged abuse.
The same organisation investigated their claims and told them Mr Morris was being dealt with, the court heard.
He was said to have been taken to a safe house for questioning.
Mr Morris later said he went to England because the paramilitary grouping had threatened to shoot him, according to the prosecution.
Opposing bail, the barrister said: “These are allegations of serious child sex abuse, albeit they are historical.”
She added: “The police instruct me these injured parties were told not to go to the police.”
Update Today’s Irish News identifies the “community organisation, or a paramilitary organisation” involved as the Provisional IRA.