PICTURE : MARK JAMIESON
A man who hands out Gospel tracts in Coleraine who is accused of disorderly behaviour and resisting police told a judge in court on Monday: “I honour you and I honour my saviour The Lord”.
David Campbell McConnell (60), of Liswatty Road, Coleraine, was speaking at Coleraine Magistrates Court. He is accused of committing the offences on March 31 this year at Park Street, Coleraine. The case had been adjourned until Monday for the court to get an update on a “medical report”.
A defence lawyer said the report had now been served on prosecutors. The defendant entered the courtroom and, standing outside the dock, asked the judge if he could make a “speech”. The defendant then told District Judge Liam McNally: “I honour you and I honour my saviour, the Lord”. The judge replied: “Thank you very much Mr McConnell”, After being informed that the case was being adjourned the defendant said “God Bless” to the judge and shook hands with a member of the public in the public gallery.
The case was adjourned until later in the month.
The alleged circumstances of the incident in March have yet to be outlined to the court but it is understood the defendant was handing out Gospel tracts to passers-by on the date in question. The defendant is a son of the late Willie John McConnell, who once was given an MBE for his services to the railway industry but hit the headlines when he won the £3.8 million on the lottery in 1995. At a previous hearing the defendant had told Judge McNally that although he “honoured him” as a judge “on earth” the Lord was his “saviour”. The defendant told the earlier court he was “not guilty”.