Pastor McConnell supporters out ‘in force’ for trial

Pastor James McConnell was not in court on Thursday to hear the date of his trial set

Pastor James McConnell has pledged that his supporters will be out “in force” at his upcoming trial dates.

He faces prosecution over a sermon which branded Islam “satanic”.

A hearing on Thursday confirmed that a pre-Christmas trial is on course.

The pastor denies improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public communications network.

He had not been present at Thursday’s hearing, having previously appeared in court with his supporters.

On Friday he said while he was told he did not need to be in court on Thursday, and that many people had not known about it, “me and my people [will] be there on the 14, and 15 and 16 December for the trial and we will be there in force”.

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