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Police officers accused over Cookstown incident refused anonymity

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Two police officers, one of which was stationed at Cookstown PSNI station, accused of perverting the course of justice have been refused anonymity orders.

A third officer charged with the same offence withdrew his application just before the hearing on Tuesday.

Thomas Geoffrey Ellis (49) whose address was given as PSNI Cookstown is accused to two counts of perverting the course of justice, while his co-accused Harry McMahon, 45, of PSNI Dungannon and David Power, 45 of PSNI Sprucefield each face one charge each.

In an eleven page judgement, District Judge John Meehan said there was no evidence that continued publicity would ‘excite a real and immediate risk to life’.

The case centres on an incident when the contents of a locker in Cookstown station were removed.

Lawyers had argued that publication of their names and images would have put their security at risk.

The three officers will find out next month if they are to stand trial in relation to the incident.

In an eleven page judgement, Judge Meehan noted counsel for Ellis and McMahon “could offer no evidence that continued publicity would excite a real and immediate risk to life.”

Judge Meehan continued:“Whilst I stopped short of including it in the judgement, I am drawn to the Country & Western song by Kenny Rogers, ‘The Gambler’ – in which is stated, ‘You’ve got to know when to hold, and know when to fold. The applications are rejected.”

 

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