£8k legal aid bill for Price

OVER £8k has been paid out in legal aid to the team representing Old Bailey bomber Marian Price since her incarceration nearly two years ago.

Ms Price (also known as McGlinchey) had her licence revoked by former Secretary of State Owen Paterson after taking part in a dissident republican rally in Londonderry in 2011.

She has also been charged under the Terrorism Act 2000 in connection with the Masserene murders.

Justice Minister David Ford has now revealed the total legal aid bill for Ms Price stands at £8,798.76.

He revealed that £1,124.61 (including VAT of £179.58 and disbursements of £47.13) was paid to Mrs McGlinchey’s solicitor in respect of PACE advice provided at the police station.

Fees have also been paid to Mrs McGlinchey’s solicitor totalling £1,700.46 (including VAT of £283.41) for work done in the Magistrates’ Court.

And the combined barrister fees for Price and one of her co-accused was £1,273.01 (including VAT of £212.17).

Legal advice and assistance provided under a Green Form scheme came to £2576.70 with VAT coming to £487.46.

And the total civil legal aid bill was £1,636.52.

“There were no fees paid in respect of expert witnesses or doctors,” said Mr Ford.

Last April the Sentinel revealed that £200k had been spent on staffing and refurbishments to keep her in jail.

This figure will have increased substantially over the past nine months.

Meanwhile, Mr Ford has revealed that a number of MLAs have been in contact with his Department regarding Ms Price.

Nationalists have contacted the Minister to sue for her release on compassionate grounds whilst unionists have been in touch over how much her incarceration was costing.

Mr Ford stated: “In the last two years, MLAs from Sinn Féin and SDLP have made representations to my Department in relation to Mrs Marian McGlinchey on a range of issues including consideration of her release on compassionate grounds.

“In addition, MLAs from the DUP have made representation to my Department in relation to the resource implications associated with the detention of Mrs McGlinchey.”

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