RESIDENTS of a Poleglass housing estate have tonight picketed the house of an alleged paedophile.

Forty-seven-year-old Francis Murray of Springbank Drive was caught with ten indecent photographs of a child and subsequently charged on May 31, 2012.

He appeared in court on February 16, 2015.  Murray’s defence team did not submit any evidence to contradict the charge and he made no response when the charges were put to him.

He was released on bail to appear at Craigavon Court on March 24, 2015 to enter his plea.

Neighbours were unaware of the allegations until recently.  Since being caught with the images three years ago, Murray continued to live peacefully in the family orientated housing estate.

Prior to being asked to leave, Murray who uses a wheelchair – lived in a bungalow for around fifteen years and was described by neighbours as a nice person.  One neighbour took pity on him because of his disability and even made his dinner.  Others cleared his over grown back garden for him because they knew he couldn’t do it himself.

A taxi man who frequently picked him up and helped him in with his messages was surprised to hear of him being put out as he came across as ‘a normal fare’. 

On Wednesday evening, a team of armed officers arrived in the estate to escort Murray out for his own safety.  As he was driven away, he was jeered at and attempts made to take his photograph.


Please note:

**This video depicts a vehicle with a local business name.  Both the vehicle owner nor the business have any connection to Murray or this incident.**

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