Man admits lies over pensioner murder

Published Thursday, 13 December 2012
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A man has admitted making a false statement to police implicating an innocent person in the murder of a Coleraine pensioner nearly 12 years ago.

Man admits lies over pensioner murder
Mr Moffatt was in the Railway Road and Circular Road area when he was attacked. (© UTV)

Coleraine man Alistair Henry appeared at Ballymena Magistrates' Court on Thursday charged with perverting the course of justice.

A detective told the court that just a few days after Mr Moffatt's murder Alistair Henry approached police in Coleraine and made a statement in which he named a certain individual who he claimed had been in the vicinity of Mr Moffatt's murder at the time of the killing.

But he's now admitted that the statement was entirely false and that he had fingered an innocent man.

Mr Moffatt, 72, was stabbed as he returned home after buying his morning paper in January 2001. He died two months later.

Police objected to bail for Henry, suggesting he could continue to hamper this murder inquiry by interfering with witnesses.

But a defence lawyer said the false statement to police had been made because of a dispute among street drinkers.

The lawyer said Henry had now admitted to police that he lied, and had apologised.

District Judge Desmond Perry agreed for him to released on bail.

Meanwhile, the court was told the FBI has analysed the CCTV footage of Norman Moffatt's murder and a report from FBI headquarters has been sent to the PSNI.

Earlier this year, a 42-year-old man was charged with Mr Moffatt's murder.

© UTV News
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