Police officer accused of assaulting boy

A SERVING police officer has appeared in court accused of assaulting a boy.

Standing in the public area of Newtownards Magistrates Court, Graham McMinn entered a not guilty plea to the single charge against him that he assaulted the male child on January 25 this year.

Defence solicitor Kellie Morwood revealed that McMinn, whose address was given as c/o PSNI Headquarters on the Knock Road, “is a serving police officer” whose colleagues will have to give evidence against him during his contest.

She told the court that of the 12 prosecuting witnesses, “at least eight will be required” to take the witness box, adding that “I think it will be a case that will require a special day or at least a Monday listing”.

District Judge Liam McNally adjourned the case to October 20 to fix a date for the trial.

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23 Comments

  1. Poor coco, I provided the link but he is clearly incapable of comprehending the content therein.

    You stated that the only way for someone to appear before a court is if they were CHARGED. The link clearly states that someone can be reported to attend court without having been charged. Do you really not understand this? I feel bad for you.

    • Either you are a troll, or really not getting it. Unless you are charged, you have no obligation to attend court. Proceed By Way of Report clearly explains this…

      This is the final response to your silly comments

      “Proceed By Way of Report

      When a file is sent to the PPS for a decision whether to prosecute without an accused first being charged by police to appear before a Court. Where an accused is charged before a Court the case will sometimes be withdrawn to proceed by way of report. This means that the PPS will still take a decision but the accused is not required to come appear at court before the decision has been taken.”

      • Are you retarded???? That’s not even an insult, I’m genuinely concerned that I’m arguing with an actual retard.
        When you are reported you receive a SUMMONS, which ORDERS you to attend court, you have completely misunderstood the paragraph you posted which refers to people who have been charged, but the charge withdrawn…the person is not required to attend court until the pps have made a decision as to how to proceed and either a summons is issued or the case is dropped. If they decide to prosecute at that point they are required to attend court. Jesus H Christ, you’re thick!

        • I refer to the article “Graham McMinn entered a not guilty plea to the single charge against him”…

          Now please fuck off from this website and get a life.

          Any further comment from you will be blocked. If you persist, your various IP addresses will be blocked, leaving you with the only option of trying all sorts of ways to get to this site, showing how desperate you are to view it, meaning you are obsessed with us.

        • And for the icing on the cake… you said “If they decide to prosecute at that point they are required to attend court. Jesus H Christ, you’re thick!

          This mirrors what I said,
          “Proceed By Way of Report

          When a file is sent to the PPS for a decision whether to prosecute without an accused first being charged by police to appear before a Court. Where an accused is charged before a Court the case will sometimes be withdrawn to proceed by way of report. This means that the PPS will still take a decision but the accused is not required to appear at court before the decision has been taken.”

          And as the suspect DID attend court to face the charge against him, which he pleaded not guilty to, then that is pretty evident he WAS CHARGED.

  2. My god, you really are simple and have no idea what you’re talking about. You clearly didn’t bother googling it so now you’re doubling down on your nonsense.

    “You only attend court when charged for criminal offences”

    FALSE

    Click the following link and look up “charge” and “proceed by way of report”. Then, once you’ve gotten your clown friends to help you with the difficult words, come back and tell me that you only appear in court if you’re charged.

    Again, CLOWN 🤡

    https://www.ppsni.gov.uk/prosecution-process

    • Let’s firstly take a look at some ‘FACTS’.

      1. The article states “Graham McMinn entered a not guilty plea to the single charge against him”
      This immediately implies (from the source) that the suspect was charged (the point in debate)

      Nevertheless, you still argue he wasn’t charged. So, this brings us to
      2. The accused entered a plea at court. i.e., he attended court.

      Using your new argument that it was to ‘Proceed By Way of Report’ (PBWR), if you read what that means, it means that the police seek a charging decision from the PPS (same as CPS in England). Only when this is a positive decision o charge does the accused get summoned to court, to face a charge.

      PBWR means the police did not charge him but ‘proceeded to report him’ to the PPS. The PPS then make a decision, if the decision is to charge, then suspect attends court to face the charge(s), until and unless the PPS made a decision to charge, the suspect does not need to attend court. So, as the suspect attended court, AND pleaded not guilty, then it concludes he was charged as you do not make a plea unless charged.

  3. Taken from source…

    Standing in the public area of Newtownards Magistrates Court, Graham McMinn entered a not guilty plea to the single charge against him that he assaulted the male child on January 25 this year.

    Reading a charge in court is not the same as someone having been charged…seriously, google it. I’d explain it or post a link but then you wouldn’t learn anything. You’d think that running an anti police site you’d have picked up bits and pieces of law and procedure…but you seem mercifully free from the ravages of intelligence so the information has just gone right over your head, coco.

    • You are clearly out of your depth. You only attend court when charged for criminal offences. You get ‘charged’ with an offence, you then attend court to answer to that charge, in this case, he pleads not guilty ‘to the charge‘, then due to his plea, a trial will take place.

      • Bahahahahaha, I take it you didn’t bother to google it. Instead you’re doubling down on your nonsense.

        “you only attend court when charged for criminal offences”

        FALSE.

        Clearly i’m going to have to educate you. Click this link and browse “charge” and “proceed by way of report”. Then, once you’ve gotten some of your clown friends to help you read and comprehend it, then you come back and tell me that you only attend court when you get charged.
        Again, CLOWN.

        https://www.ppsni.gov.uk/legal-terms-explained

        • Oh dear, you are really making a fool of yourself.

          Firstly, the article clearly states the officer was charged “Graham McMinn entered a not guilty plea to the single charge against him

          Secondly, from the link you referred to “Charge – A method for getting the defendant before the court e.g. ‘charged to court with an offence’.

          And then, your random reference to Proceed By Way of Report…

          Proceed By Way of Report

          When a file is sent to the PPS for a decision whether to prosecute without an accused first being charged by police to appear before a Court. Where an accused is charged before a Court the case will sometimes be withdrawn to proceed by way of report. This means that the PPS will still take a decision but the accused is not required to come appear at court before the decision has been taken.

          Which clearly refers to whether the accused ‘appears’ at court. As the accused did appear at court, to face the ‘single charge‘ against him, would imply that he has been charged.

          Unless you have anything of use to add, your comments will no longer be approved.

  4. “you are a dick, he is in court, charged awaiting trial, he has pleaded not guilty, you do not enter a plea unless charged.”

    Clown, he hasn’t been charged, he’s been reported. Why don’t you take five seconds to google the difference…or you could go on proving to all and sundry that you’re an idiot…..also people who get fines for speeding have to send off paperwork admitting their guilt or innocence (i.e a plea) those people haven’t been charged….maybe educate yourself? Just a thought, I’m not sure what the syllabus is at clown college.

    “There was no intimation of guilt you fool, just an assumption YOU approve of assaulting boys.”
    Bahahaha, more proof, if proof be needed, that you’re a clown. So what’s your real name anyway, coco? Bonzo?

    • Taken from source…

      Standing in the public area of Newtownards Magistrates Court, Graham McMinn entered a not guilty plea to the single charge against him that he assaulted the male child on January 25 this year.

  5. So this officer is corrupt because a poorly written article says so? What is the background to this? What happened? Did the officer exercise a power of force? Or did he just walk up and slap the boy?
    Just another idiot with nothing better to do.
    Maybe report things when people are found guilty.

    • you are a dick, he is in court, charged awaiting trial, he has pleaded not guilty, you do not enter a plea unless charged.

  6. “ Maybe you are a police officer who approves of assaulting young boys!”

    There you go, you just intimated that he’s guilty. Also I was referring the the Irish news article that is devoid of facts. If you had read my comment and understood it this would have been obvious. Clearly you were top of your class in clown college 🤡

  7. Nothing like posting an article written by a hack writer that conveys no background or facts regarding the alleged incident.
    If/when the officer is found not guilty, will you be posting that article too? Of course you won’t.

    • The fact is, he IS charged with assault of a boy, that is what we have reported, so, what facts are you suggesting we did not publish? Are you suggesting we impose a trial by media? Maybe you are a police officer who approves of assaulting young boys!

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