Republican antagonists JJ Magee & Frank Dempsey reported to PSNI 


I have today made a written statement identifying JJ Magee and Frank Dempsey from footage that was shown to me during an interview with PSNI last week, in relation to alleged offences arising from August 8 Apprentice Boys parade passing St Patrick’s Church. 

During questioning I spotted Mr Magee and Mr Dempsey, along with other persons, gathered as the parade passed. Given the precedent used by the PSNI during prosecutions in relation to the Union flag protests decreed that three or more people constituted a protest and/or gathering, I have drawn it to the PSNI’s attention that there was no notified protest for this parade, therefore Mr Dempsey and Mr Magee are guilty of an offence under the Public Processions Act 1998. 

The PSNI have launched an investigation into our band of their own volition, there has been no written statements of complaint, therefore I am bemused as to why the PSNI- on their own- launched no such investigation into an illegal gathering that had not satisfied the notification procedure under the Public Processions Act 1998. I will be lodging a complaint with the Police Ombudsman asking them to investigate why alleged offences by Unionist bandsmen are investigated more rigorously than breaches of the law by republican protestors. 

It is clear from the footage that Mr Magee and Mr Dempsey were not merely innocent by-passers out for a pint of milk. Mr Magee was filming the parade and one must remember that Mr Magee previously acted as a Crown witness for the same PSNI unit that is investigating alleged offences around the 8 August parade, therefore I also question if this is one of the reasons the PSNI investigating team turn a blind eye to breaches of the law by Mr Magee and his cohorts. 

Surely so called evidence gathering should be equally applied, it appears in this case that it has been unequally applied. The PSNI have in their possession footage of this illegal gathering, yet they have ignored it. Had it not been for their error in showing me it in interview, it would never have seen the light of day! 

The PSNI officer also stated, on tape, during my interview that the police had received no statements of complaints but instead had verbal “representations”. I will also be asking the Ombudsman to investigate whether these “representations” came from Sinn Fein. This would be particularly astonishing given Sinn Fein clearly have a vested interest in contriving “complaints” in relation to marching bands, not to mention that some of their members, including Crown witness in the YCV case- JJ Magee- breached the law by being present during the parade past St Patricks. 

I watch with interest whether the PSNI pursue Mr Magee, Mr Dempsey and others as robustly as they pursue loyal orders and marching. 


Anti-Unionist black heart at core of PSNI, PPS & Parades commission exposed

Following the logical decision today to quash the convictions of the YVC Flute band for “playing provocatively”, there are now serious questions for the PSNI & PPS. 

These political, malicious and illogical charges were brought with only one purpose, and that was to break the backs of the Unionist marching community. This, evidently, has failed and the YCV band have done the entire Unionist community a great service by fighting the contrived charges brought against them by a politically compromised policing and justice system. 

It also exposes the malicious and anti-unionist ethos that beats at the very core of the black heart of the Parades Commission. The ruling against our band, the Bangor Protestant Boys, in relation to this Saturday’s Apprentice Boys parade past St Patrick’s has now been woefully exposed as flawed and based upon s falsehood. 

The determination references a court ruling that deemed the tune of Sloop John B to be a “sectarian song”. The commission held that our band therefore had twice played a “sectarian tune” in the vicinity of St Patricks. This malicious and flawed contention has now been blown out of the water and the Commission have been left looking utterly incompetent and ridiculous. 

Given the very basis for this Saturday’s banning of our band has now been exposed as being nothing more than a contrived falsehood and the ludicrous initial ruling by the Magistrate as been dismissed as sheer folly, there is only one logical decision open to the Commission- which is devoid of any logic or decency- and that is to overturn the fatally flawed ruling.