A 58-year-old Derry man has appeared in court this morning charged with the murder of Barry McCrory in the city on 10 October.
Kieran McLaughlin of 60 Elaghmore Park was also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life when he appeared at a special sitting of Derry Magistrate’s Court. The court heard after McLaughlin was charged with murder in the police station he replied “not guilty”. McLaughlin also denied the firearm and ammunition charges in the police station.
Defence solicitor Kevin Casey asked the investigating PSNI detective to confirm that there was no terrorist connection to the alleged offences and the officer confirmed this was the case.
No application was made for bail and District Judge Barney McElholm remanded the defendant in custody to appear in court again via videolink on November 14.
On the way into court, friends and family members of McLaughlin shouted messages of support.
Barry McCrory, who was 35, was shot dead at a flat in Shipquay Street on 10 October. Kieran McLaughlin was arrested in the Galliagh area of Derry on Wednesday.