June date for Meehan trial

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The trial of former Newtownabbey Sinn Fein Councillor Briege Meehan has been set for Monday, June 3.

The former Antrim Line councillor faces four charges of gross indecency, two charges for indecent assault, one charge of child cruelty and another of attempted gross indecency.

The charges all relate to incidents which allegedly took place between July 1979 and October 1980.

Mrs Meehan, wife of deceased republican and IRA man Martin, was suspended by Sinn Fein when she was charged with the offences.

The 66-year-old of Elmfield Street, Belfast, later resigned her seat and vowed to clear her name. At a hearing in Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday, June 15, a date was set for trial for Monday, June 3.