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terror fine Prominent Derry republican Thomas Ashe Mellon fined for breaching terror law

Mellon had previously received a fine for disorderly behaviour and taking part in an illegal parade


Thomas Ashe Mellon

Thomas Ashe Mellon

Thomas Ashe Mellon

A prominent Derry republican has been fined for breaching notification requirements under the Counter Terrorism Act of 2008.

Thomas Ashe Mellon (45), who is a leading figure in Saoradh, widely believed to be the political wing of the New IRA, was found guilty and fined £300.

Two other men, 34-year-old William McDonnell, and 51-year-old Jason Cuelemans were also fined £300 each.

In November of last year Mellon was fined after being convicted of disorderly behaviour while in Strand Road police station in the city during registration under counterterrorism law procedures.

CCTV footage from inside the police station showed Mellon calling police officers "f*****g pricks" and batting the hand away of a police officer after the officer raised his arm.

Mellon was fined £250 on that occasion.

He had previously been fined £750 for taking part in an illegal dissident republican parade.

Speaking of the fines the three men received this week, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hamlin said: "All convicted terrorists are required to adhere to requirements set out in the Counter Terrorism Act 2008, and detectives from the terrorism investigation unit continue to actively investigate those who breach these requirements and bring them before the courts."

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