Man in court over ‘grossly offensive’ Noah Donohoe social media posting

Court proceedings began today against a man accused of a “grossly offensive” social media posting during the search for tragic Belfast schoolboy Noah Donohoe.

Noah Donohoe.
Noah Donohoe.

Jamie Shaw, 26, is charged with improper use of a public electronic communications network.

The case relates to a video clip allegedly circulated online while a huge operation was underway to locate the missing 14-year-old.

Noah’s body was found in a north Belfast storm drain on June 27 - six days after he disappeared. The St Malachy’s College pupil vanished during a cycle trip from his home in the south of the city. A post-mortem established he died as a result of drowning.

Shaw, of Fortwilliam Park in Belfast, faces a single count of using a communications network on June 25 to send “a message or other matter that was grossly offensive”.

He had been listed for a first appearance at the city’s Magistrates Court today.District Judge Mark Hamill agreed to put the case back until September.

Outside court Shaw’s solicitor, Denis Moloney, confirmed: “The matter has been adjourned for eight weeks pending further detailed discussions with the PPS, with whom we have been liaising over the past number of days, and communication with the judge setting out the reasons for the adjournment.”