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Legal teams make 
final submissions in Robert Hamill case

PRESS EYE BELFAST - NORTHERN IRELAND - 21 December 2010 - 
Collect picture of Portadown man Robert Hamill.

Mr Hamill, a 25-year-old Catholic, was beaten to death by a loyalist mob in Portadown, County Armagh, in 1997. 

The Public Prosecution Service has said three people will be charged in connection with the sectarian killing of Robert Hamill.

PRESS EYE BELFAST - NORTHERN IRELAND - 21 December 2010 - Collect picture of Portadown man Robert Hamill. Mr Hamill, a 25-year-old Catholic, was beaten to death by a loyalist mob in Portadown, County Armagh, in 1997. The Public Prosecution Service has said three people will be charged in connection with the sectarian killing of Robert Hamill.

Judgement has been reserved in the case of three Portadown people facing charges relating to the Robert Hamill murder investigation.

Prosecution and defence legal representatives made their final submissions on Monday during a preliminary investigation at a sitting of Craigavon Magistrates Court.

District Judge, Mr Peter King, then adjourned the matter generally.

He will give his judgement on a date to be arranged.

The three defendants are Robert Cecil Atkinson (60), Eleanor Atkinson (60), both of Brownstown Road, Portadown, and Kenneth Hanvey (63), Derryanvil Road, Portadown.

The Atkinsons are charged that on diverse dates between September 8, 1997, and October 30, 1997, with the intent to pervert the course of public justice, conspired together with Andrea Louise McKee, James Robert McKee and others to do an act which had a tendency to pervert the course of justice in that you agreed to give false information to police officers making inquiries about a telephone call made from your house on April 27, 1997, at 08.37 hours, as to the identity of the person making that call.

Hanvey is charged that on November 25, 1997, with intent to pervert the course of justice did an act which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice in that, when asked by a police officer about a telephone call made from a certain house on April 27, 1997, at 08.37 hours you gave false information to a police officer that it had been James Michael Robert McKee who made the telephone call.

The preliminary investigation will determine whether there is enough evidence for all of them, or any of them, to go for trial at the Crown Court.

 

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