A loyal high profile pedophile has been fined £ 350 for stealing a Sinn Fein election poster intended for an Eleventh Night beacon.
Ark Harbinson admitted to handling stolen goods on a date between April 1 and July 12, 2019.
Craigavon Crown Court has learned that police on patrol in Stoneyford spotted the 54-year-old on top of a ladder next to a beacon with a poster of Sinn Fein adviser Gary McCleave in his hand.
Attorney for prosecutor Nicola Auret said: “The poster was stolen while it was on a lamppost for the municipal elections in May of the same year.”
The defendant first denied the offense before pleading guilty in court.
Defense attorney Craig Patton admitted that his client’s past offenses did not “shower him with glory.”
He told the court that the incident had been an “error in judgment”.
Imposing a £ 350 fine and a £ 15 fee for offenders, Judge Patrick Lynch QC told Harbinson it was obvious he did not have the poster “out of interest in political memorabilia but to do a political statement during this bonfire “.
In 2011, the accused, of Sheepwalk Road in Stoneyford, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl he met while he was a lead member of the Pride of the Village Flute Band . He spent two years behind bars.
The jury in his trial failed to reach a verdict on five other charges. He was also acquitted of indecent assault on a 12-year-old schoolboy.
The loyalist was arrested by police with the schoolgirl in his car on October 26, 2009.
The analysis of his phone revealed sexual images of the child.
Following his conviction, he was expelled from the Orange Order.
He tried, unsuccessfully, to overturn the conviction in 2012, shouting “no surrender” in court when the judgment was handed down.
The former UDR man rose to prominence during the Drumcree dispute.
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