Published Thursday, 17 October 2013
Mr McLaughlin outside court on Thursday. (© Margaret McLaughlin)
The detained man - Kieran McLaughlin, 58, from Elaghmore Park - was arrested near his home in the Galliagh area of Derry in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after 35-year-old Mr McCrory was shot dead in a flat in Shipquay Street in city centre last week.
Mr McLaughlin was brought from Antrim PSNI station, where he's been in custody since his arrest by armed police officers, to the Magistrates' Court for the detention application.
Uniformed police officers as well as members of the PSNI's tactical support group were both inside and outside the courtroom for the application, which was made by a detective constable in the major investigation unit based at Maydown on the outskirts of Derry.
He told District Judge Barney McElholm that the application was for an additional 36 hours to allow detectives to further question the detainee.
Questioned by the detainee's solicitor Kevin Casey, the police witness confirmed that Mr McLaughlin had been detained under the Police And Criminal Evidence Act and not under any terrorist legislation.
When asked by Mr Casey why Mr McLaughlin had been transferred after his arrest "on a whim" to Antrim police station rather than being detained in Derry, the detective constable said that decision had been taken by the senior investigating officer in the case who believed the interviewing facilities in Antrim were superior to those available in Derry.
The witness said detectives did not start to interview the detainee until 8pm on Wednesday, seventeen hours after his arrest, due to the fact that medical assessments had to be carried out.
Mr Casey said the decision to transfer Mr McLaughlin to Antrim was not conducive to an expeditious police investigation.
The Resident Magistrate granted the 36 hour detention application which he said started at 11.57am on Thursday morning.
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