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Cllr Denise Mullen: Beattie Return to Jail. Increased Sentence a Welcome Relief

On foot of yesterday’s court ruling against Garfield Beattie, Aontú Deputy Leader Cllr Denise Mullen has welcomed the verdict which returns Beattie to jail and increases his sentence for having appealed against a prison sentence.


Cllr Mullen: “It is a huge relief to me and my family to see the Courts ensure that the man who murdered my father is off the streets. This man murdered my father and tried to murder my mother. He has already caused over 4 decades of pain and suffering in my family. He reignited that anxiety and fear again with his threatening letter to me from the ‘East Tyrone UVF.’ In the wake of the custodial sentence handed down at trial, it was extremely worrying for me and my family that Beattie was then allowed on bail. This is a man with a proven record of violence and with the blood of innocents on his hands. I have lived in real fear over the last while. I have been checking my rear view mirrors on my car when I am out driving to make sure that no one is following me. We will not allow this man to ever threaten our family again.”

By Aontú Press | 14 December, 2021

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