Published Thursday, 26 September 2013
The killing of Seamus Dillon was thought to be a revenge attack. (© Pacemaker)
Seamus Dillon was murdered by the Loyalist Volunteer Force in December 1997.
The 45-year-old was working as a doorman at the Glengannon Hotel in Dungannon when two LVF gunmen sprayed the entrance with 20 shots.
Two other bouncers and a 14-year-old waiter were seriously injured in the attack.
A convicted IRA murderer, Mr Dillon had severed all ties with the terrorist organisation following his release from prison three years earlier.
He was buried without paramilitary trappings.
Mr Dillon, from Stewartstown, Co Tyrone, was shot just hours after LVF leader Billy Wright was killed inside the Maze prison and the shooting was seen as a revenge attack by the loyalist's associates.
During a preliminary hearing in Belfast, senior coroner John Leckey said the inquest into the murder could be held in March or April next year.
Mr Dillon's family have previously expressed frustration at the length of time taken to hold an inquest.
A barrister for the family said they had prepared a statement outlining, what they believed, were the major issues in the case.
A barrister for the coroner's office said there were between 15 and 20 lever arch files of material disclosed by the police.
"I have a gap at the end of March and Easter. I would like to aim for that," said Mr Leckey.
The inquest could last up to two weeks and is likely to be held in either Belfast or Dungannon.
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