Fake alibi charge pursued in Black case

Published Friday, 11 July 2014
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The prosecution of a woman accused of giving a fake alibi to a man formerly accused of killing prison officer David Black will continue, despite the fact the PPS dropped the murder charge.

Fake alibi charge pursued in Black case
David Black died following an ambush on the M1 in 2012. (© PA)

A prosecution lawyer told Craigavon Magistrates' Court that the case against Fiona McFadden will go "on indictment" and that when her case is back before the court next month, a date will be set for committal proceedings.

Lurgan mother-of-one McFadden, 29, from Killough Gardens, denies one count of perverting the course of justice by giving a false alibi to suspects in the murder of prison officer David Black on 1 November 2012.

She was not at court on Friday to hear the PPS stance and although her solicitor asked for her to be excused again on the next occasion, District Judge Peter King refused the application as "if we are fixing a date for a preliminary enquiry, I would want her here."

At the start of July in the same courtroom, charges of murder and possessing an AK47 assault rifle against a man were sensationally dropped by the PPS after a prosecution lawyer told the court that having reviewed the evidence against him, a decision had been taken to withdraw the case.

Mr Black, a 52-year-old father-of-two, was shot as he drove to work at the high security Maghaberry Prison and was the first prison officer to be murdered in more than 20 years.

Another defendant, Damien McLoughlin, from the Kilmascally Road in Dungannon, is currently on remand accused of aiding and abetting the murder, buying the car in preparation of an act of terrorism, possessing an article for use in terrorism and membership of the IRA.

The car used by the had allegedly been bought in Co Leitrim by McLoughlin, 37, and brought to a property on Victoria Street on the day he bought it but on the morning of the murder, it left the Kilwilkie Estate around 6.30am and within 20 minutes, Mr Black was dead.

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