Dear Department of Justice (Northern Ireland),
From: leanne flynn
26 February 2013
Dear Ministry of Justice,
I am a human rights advocate concerned with human rights in prisons
for staff and prisoners. I am writing from Canada about two people
that I read about in UK newspapers about a year ago. Their
situation seems very confused. I appreciate your time in helping to
Item #1: Please provide information on the date and times that
Patricia O'Neill, sister of Aidan Grew was held for questioning at
Maghaberry. It was reported in the BBC newspaper and other major
newspapers that Patricia O'Neill was detained at that location. I
requesting the dates, times, and reasons for that detention, and
any charges that might be on record as having been laid as a result
of that detention. Also, would your office classify that detention
as an "interrogation" by your own office standards and language.
Also, is your office aware that Ms. Patricia O'Neill was also held
questioning on the same day by a different office, the local police
station and that she was interrogated at that location also? Are
these two different detentions on record of any kind with your
Ministry of Justice? Could you direct me to any Ministry that might
have those detentions and interrogations on record, considering no
charges were laid against Ms. O'Neill that I am aware of?
Item #2: Please provide information on the dates that Aidan Grew
was held at HMP Maghaberry and where he was transferred to and
when, or the date of his release. I have received telephone
confirmation from employees of HMP Maghaberry that he is no longer
at HMP Maghaberry, and would like to confirm that with your office.
Also, please state the charge that Aidan Grew is facing at this
time. It is my understanding that he has paid his bail in full and
there were no charges forthcoming related to fraudulent cash or
monies accrued through crime in terms of his bail money. I
understand that the bail money was a day or so late, but it was
paid in full and Mr. Grew was not released. Any details you can
provide to clarify this for me would be greatly appreciated. Can
you provide any details on the Justice procedures that Mr. Grew
would be facing considering the bail was paid in full and there
have been no new charges that I am aware of.
I very much appreciate your time and service to Justice.
Please see attached.
Records & Information Management Team
Northern Ireland Prison Service
(028) 9052 5363
P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.
Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.
Dear Ms Flynn
Your request has been passed the Northern Ireland Prison Service FOI
team for response. They will correspond with you directly. Their contact
email address is;
DOJ FOI team