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Bullet in post man quit job

Thursday, 17 November 2016

A MAN was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week for his part in the "sectarian intimidation" of an employee of Wrightbus.
Antrim Crown Court judge, Desmond Marrinan, told Marcus Boreland (41), of Hamilton Park, Ballymoney he will serve half his sentence in custody and half on licence.
The community leader was convicted on a charge of intimidation, where a person left their employment.
His co-accused, Ivan Joyce (54), from Alexandra Avenue, Ballymoney was handed a six month prison sentence suspended for three years for perverting the course of justice.
The court heard a Catholic man, who worked for the Ballymena based manufacturing company, was put under pressure to leave his job because of his religion.
On March 13, 2013, a receptionist in Wrightbus received a telephone call naming the Catholic man with a threat being made that he would be "shot by the Red Hand Defenders."
The employee was informed of the message and went on sick leave for 11 days.
While at home the man received a package with a sympathy card and a bullet with the message: "Get out of Wrights."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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