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Derry Four: Former RUC men appear at Derry court

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Two former members of the RUC have appeared in court charged with intent to pervert the course of justice in a case involving four Derry men that became known as the Derry 4.

The two, John McGahan (71) and Philip Noel Thompson (64) whose address was given as PSNI Headquarters in Knock, appeared in the dock at Derry Magistrate’s Court for a preliminary enquiry.

McGahan was charged with on dates between February 27 and March 2 1979 with intent to pervert the course of justice by recording a statement from one of the accused men that was not his independent account in relation to the murder of a British soldier.

Thompson was charged with a similar offence in relation to another shooting incident on the same dates involving the same man.

It was accepted there was a case to answer and neither man said they wished to call any witnesses or make any statement at this stage.

Both were returned for trial to appear at Belfast Crown Court on September 26.

They were then released on their own bail of £500.

The four Derry men who spent twenty years on the run after being charged with shooting a British soldier dead were in court for the brief hearing.

 

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