Accused of criminal damage by painting signs

Mark Harbinson.
Mark Harbinson.

Prominent loyalist Mark Harbinson has been accused of causing criminal damage to road signs by painting them red, white and blue.

Harbinson, 48, of Sheepwalk Road, Lisburn, did not attend the hearing at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court on Monday where his solicitor Aiden Carlin revealed he had asked the prosecution to review their decision to prosecute him.

Harbinson, currently in custody accused of possessing a pistol and ammunition, now faces two charges of causing criminal damage to road signs belonging to Transport NI on dates between September 9-15 last year.

A prosecuting lawyer confirmed the PPS had received a letter from the defence and asked for the case to be adjourned to allow time for a review to be conducted.

Granting legal aid, District Judge Peter King relisted the case on June 6.

Earlier this year, Harbinson appeared in court accused of having a semi automatic pistol, 28 rounds of ammunition and a silencer with intent of endangering life.

Police discovered the weapon during searches of his home and outbuilding on December 21, last year.

On that day, armed response attempted to stop a car belonging to him on country roads between Moira and Lisburn, the court heard at a hearing earlier this year.

Harbinson later denied being behind the wheel, claiming he had lent his car to a diesel fitter.