UN UOMO IN TRIBUNALE PER L’OMICIDIO DI DAVID BLACK

Man in court on prison officer murder (UTV)

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of prison officer David Black.

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.

There was applause from the man’s supporters when he appeared in the dock.

Court number three was packed as McVeigh was led in, flanked by three prison officers.

He spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the charges against him.

McVeigh’s lawyer called for a review of case, saying it centred around three issues regarding the purchase of a hat, gloves and matches.

A police officer told the court he could connect the accused to charges.

He said the investigation was very much alive and ongoing and that a file on the case would be presented to the prosecution within three months.

Mr Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was shot dead on 1 November 2012 on the M1 motorway near Lurgan in Co Armagh as he drove to work at Maghaberry Prison.

The Cookstown man was the 31st member of the prison service to be killed in Northern Ireland – the murder was the first in almost 20 years.

The car used in his killing – a Toyota Camry- was found burnt out in Lurgan.

Two other men, one in Northern Ireland and one in the Republic of Ireland, face charges linked to the purchase and movement of the Toyota Camry.

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