Man in court on prison officer murder

Published Wednesday, 05 February 2014
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A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of prison officer David Black.

Man in court on prison officer murder
Sean McVeigh was charged with the murder of David Black. (© Pacemaker)

Sean McVeigh, who was detained in the Lurgan area on Monday, is also accused of possession of a firearm, namely an AK47, with intent to endanger life.

The 33-year-old of Victoria Street Lurgan appeared at Craigavon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

In the packed courtroom, there was applause as McVeigh, wearing jeans and a light-coloured hoodie, was led into the dock flanked by prison officers.

The district judge called for order. "It is not the occasion for that kind of behaviour," he said.

Peter Corrigan, solicitor for the suspect, said police discovered a hat, gloves and matches during a search at McVeigh's Victoria Street home and car a day after the attack but claimed his client's defence warranted the prosecution authorities re-examining the case.

A detective inspector told the court he could connect the accused to the charges but it was still very early in the case.

Mr Corrigan pointed to the fact that McVeigh still possessed the matches, which the lawyer said he bought in a shop near his home, after the shooting happened and told the court the hat and gloves were found among his work tools in his own vehicle.

"The relevance in relation to the matches is that matches were found at Inglewood where the getaway car was burned," he said.

"I would ask the prosecution service, in the light of what he (McVeigh) has put forward comprehensively, that they review these charges in relation to the murder."

The police investigator said the investigation was continuing and it could take three months until the file is submitted to prosecutors.

He was remanded in custody by district judge Mervyn Bates to reappear via video-link at the same court on 28 February.

© UTV News
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AB in Coleraine wrote (359 days ago):
Absolutely disgusting behaviour from the "spectators"
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