Several people charged in relation to allegations of ill-treatment of patients at Muckamore Abbey Hospital have cases further adjourned

Several people charged in relation to allegations of ill-treatment of patients at Muckamore Abbey Hospital have cases further adjourned

A NUMBER of people charged in relation to allegations of ill-treatment of patients’ at Muckamore Abbey Hospital near Antrim town have had their cases further adjourned to June 14.

They are: Darren James O'Kane (33), of Creeve Court, Randalstown; James Patrick David Houston (36), of Elliotts Place, Strangford; Darren O'Loan (36), of Aghaboy Gardens, Antrim town; Stephen Nixon (unknown age), of Creevy Avenue, Belfast; Dorothy Irwin (58), of Glenburn Avenue, Glynn; Naoife Donnelly (38), of Red Row, Randalstown; Aaron McFetridge (36), of Rosses Stables, Ballymena; Danielle Gallagher (30), of Dermont Crescent, Newtownabbey.

The cases were mentioned at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, on Tuesday.

Charges include 'hospital staff ill-treating mental patients'; 'wilfully neglecting mental patients'; 'false imprisonment' and 'making false entries on mental health documents'.

A prosecution lawyer told an earlier hearing there was "CCTV" involved in the case.

A defence lawyer told Tuesday's Court there were "about 7,000" pages of evidence linked to the Preliminary Enquiry.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to potentially send the cases to the Crown Court - is due to be held on June 14 with a review a review a week earlier.