Mc Aleer calls for judge to apologise to O Hagan family.
Published: 24 February, 2015
Damien O Hagan looking at a picture of his murdered mother, Kathleen
West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer has expressed outrage at comments made by a District Judge to a young man who witnessed the brutal murder of his mother by Loyalists at the family home near Mountfield in 1994.
Declan McAleer said: "Damien O Hagan was a defendant in court last Tuesday in front of Judge Bernie Kelly. "During the course of the proceedings, Judge Kelly made comments which included that Damien'hadn't lived through the troubles'. "I have known the O'Hagan family for over 30 years and know very well the years of suffering the family experienced at the hands of the British army, RUC and UDR, culminating in Kathleen's murder by British agents in front of her children in August 1994. "Along with Cllr Sean Clarke, we visited Damien on Thursday evening and he is very distressed by the comments and with his support, I have made a formal complaint to the Lord Chief Justice's Office. "This was an outrageous and insensitive comment to make to a young man who witnessed the brutal murder of his mother. "Damien and his family live with the trauma of Kathleen's murder every day of their lives. I think Judge Kelly should retract her remarks and issue an apology to the O Hagan family".