NI: Judgment in Pastor McConnell case expected in January
A judgment in the trial of Pastor James McConnell will be delivered on Tuesday 5 January, the High Court in Belfast has heard.
Judge Liam McNally told the court he planned to consider the evidence presented over the course of the trial and come to a decision early in the new year.
The trial began on Monday.
Judge McNally said: “We have come to the end of an interesting three days. I am going to reserve my judgment - I want to consider all the points raised in submissions.”
Pastor McConnell has been charged with offences under the Communications Act 2003 in connection with a sermon he delivered in north Belfast which was live-streamed over the Internet in May 2014.
The first charge is improper use of a public electronic communications network, and the second is causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network.
Pastor McConnell’s solicitor, Joe Rice of John J Rice & Co., has previously said his client has “every right to criticise Islam, as Islamic clerics have the right to entice him”.