Marvin Canning back in court

Marvin Canning, brother-in-law of Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, has been charged with two terrorist offences in connection with a  32 County Sovereignty Movement Easter Monday parade in Londonderry.

An unrelated prosecution against Mr Canning was stayed in November last year when late disclosure of “pivotal” statements by prosecutors had “resulted in such potential prejudice as to render any trial unfair”.

According to today’s BBC report,

Mr Canning, who was arrested on Tuesday, is charged with arranging, managing or assisting in arranging or managing a meeting which he knew to be in support of a proscribed organisation namely the IRA.

He is further charged with aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring persons wearing the uniform of a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA.

And UTV reports

On Thursday, Bishop Street Courthouse heard that a police helicopter filmed Marvin Canning driving a white van that was used to transport the Real IRA colour party to the cemetery.

Mr Canning admits driving the men but he denies having any prior knowledge of the incident.

He told detectives that his van was stopped by two masked men who told him to go to Bligh’s Lane in Creggan.

He says that it was there that the Real IRA group got into his vehicle and told him to drive them to the cemetery.

And from the BBC report

A PSNI detective sergeant told District Judge Barney McElholm that members of a police helicopter video team recorded the defendant driving members of a paramilitary colour party at the Easter Monday commemoration event.

He said the police were objecting to the defendant being granted bail because they believed he may interfere with witnesses at that he may pervert the course of justice.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Peter Corrigan said his client had told police officers that he did not agree with comments made by a masked man at the commemoration event.

The man, puportedly from the Real IRA, threatened members of the PSNI and members of the nationalist and republican communities who supported the police.

Mr Corrigan also said his client had no relevant previous convictions.

The district judge released the defendant on his own bail of £1,000 together with one surety of £1,000 to appear in court again on 7 July.

As well as the electronic tagging and he must observe an 8pm to 8am curfew. He was further ordered to reside at an address in Galliagh Park.

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  • keano10

    Marvin Simpson the previously unheard long lost brother in law of Homer Simpson, was today in court charged with attempting to blow up The Springfield Nuclear Plant owned by Montgomery Burns…

  • Cynic2

    I agree that this is nothing to do with Martin. We all have black sheep in the family. But it does show how fractured a part of the republican family is.

  • andnowwhat

    I’ve a gay brother in law who likes to do unspeakable things to other men.

    I however, do not

    What’s your point?

  • andnowwhat

    Anyone think that the term “a Breenism” a goer and does it apply to this blog?

  • aquifer

    Family. You’re stuck with them.

  • Mr Crumlin

    My brother in law likes to wear dresses – no wait thats my sister in law.

    Good the media is very poor sometimes – lazy lazy lazy journalism.

  • iluvni

    Does this mean Martin might consider his brother-in-law a traitor to Ireland too?

  • pippakin

    The good news is you get to choose your friends.

  • Cynic2


    I am sorry but I genuinely don’t understand why I got a Yellow today?

  • Mark

    LOL ….

  • Cynic2

    OK mark …point it out

  • Mark

    I’m probably not the right person to ask . I had a giggle because I remember your last yellow . Didn’t you wear it as a badge of honour ?

  • Cynic2

    Yes … absolutely. But I do like to know where the boundaries are ….if only so I can cross them at will 🙂

  • HeinzGuderian

    If only Marty knew who the dissers were………..I’m quite sure he would have no hesitation turning them in !!!


  • fordprefect

    Ummmmmm, what happened to innocent until proven otherwise?