Raytheon 14 trial to be moved to Belfast

The trial of 14 people charged with various offences in relation to a protest at the arm manufacturer Raytheon in Derry will be heard in Belfast.

At today’ sitting of Derry Crown Court the Recorder, Judge Des Marrinan said that for logistical reasons he felt it was necessary to move the venue of the trial.

He said that the accommodation in the Derry Courthouse was simply ‘inadequate’ for 14 defendants and 28 defence counsel.

He added that he was making the decision with ‘great regret’.

The case will be mentioned on January 26 at Belfast Crown Court so that a date can be set for the trial.

The 14 face a series of charges including criminal damage, obstruction, burglary and impersonating a police officer that relate to a protest at the Raytheon plant last January 12. All have pleased not guilty.