VIDEO: Pastor McConnell leaving court

A cheerful seeming Pastor James McConnell left court after the first day of his trial for comments criticising Islam.

The pastor would not be drawn on how he thought the case was going.

Pastor McConnell outside court after Day One of his trial

Pastor McConnell outside court after Day One of his trial

“I would say it was a fair day today,” he said. “And we are fighting hard.”

He said the arguments were “back and forward, back and forward” but reiterated that it seemed “fair”.