Man in court on double murder charge

Man in court on double murder charge

A man has appeared in court charged with the loyalist murders of two Catholic workmen nearly 20 years ago.

Mark Trevor Campbell, 42, from Canning Place in Belfast, denies two charges of murder, one of attempted murder and one of possession of a sub-machine gun and ammunition.Gary Convie, 24 and Eamon Fox, 44, were shot with a sub-machine gun while sitting in a car at a building site in North Queen Street on 17 May 1994.The court heard how political attempts to resolve Northern Ireland's troubled past could have implications in the case.Campbell's lawyer raised the potential relevance of the Haass talks and Attorney General John Larkin's proposals for an end to prosecutions for conflict-related crimes.Members of the murder victims' families were in Belfast Magistrates' Court as Campbell was brought into the dock.Wearing a cream-coloured coat and dark top, he nodded to confirm he understood the allegations against him.A detective constable involved in the investigation said he could connect him with the charges.It was also disclosed that Campbell has been questioned about alleged membership of the Ulster Volunteer Force.Although presently not charged with belonging to an outlawed organisation, the court heard the matter has been referred to the Public Prosecution Service.No bail application was made during the hearing, with Mr McKenna predicting that the case could take some time.Noting the date of the alleged offences, the lawyer added: "It appears this matter may be related to political developments, namely the recent Haass discussions and more generally the debate involving the Attorney General."Campbell was remanded in custody to appear again by videolink on 16 January.

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