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Concerns raised over abuse accused bail arrangements

21 November, 2011 - by Alex Maskey

South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has expressed his serious concerns after it emerged that a man accused of child abuse related crimes had been bailed to an address in a residential area of South Belfast without the knowledge of local PSNI.

The Sinn Féin MLA said:

"I appreciate that this individual has not been convicted of anything, however, given the very graphic statements allegedly made by this man and presented to the courts by the PSNI, there should have been a stricter control of bail conditions.

"While respecting due process I am deeply concerned that the correct management procedures had not been put into place to protect children from a possible threat in the area.

"When Sinn Féin and local community representatives became aware of this situation we immediately contacted the PSNI and raised our concerns with them. The individual concerned was then moved from the address.

"I will be taking this issue up with the relevant authorities to ensure that gaps like this do not emerge in future in this area."

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