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Perverting course of justice cases adjourned

Bishop Street Court House.

Bishop Street Court House.

Court cases against two former police officers charged with perverting the course of justice have been adjourned until next month.

Philip Noel Thomson (65) and John McGahan (71), whose addresses were given in court papers as PSNI, Knock Road, Belfast, were not in court this morning when their cases were mentioned.

John McGahan is charged that, on a date unknown between February 27, 1979 and March 2, 1979, with intent to pervert the course of public justice, did an act which had a tendency to pervert the court of public justice - namely he recorded a written statement after caution from Gerald Kieran McGowan which was not his independent account of his involvement in the murder of Lieutenant Steven Andrew Kirby.

Philip Thomson is charged that, on a date unknown between February 27, 1979 and March 2, 1979, with intent to pervert the course of public justice, did an act which had a tendency to pervert the court of public justice - namely he recorded a written statement after caution from Gerald Kieran McGowan which was not his independent account of his involvement in the shooting of a man.

It’s understood the charges are connected to the case of one of the ‘Derry Four’ - a group of Derry men who spent almost 20 years ‘on the run’ after being wrongly accused of a number of offences - including the murder of a British soldier - in 1979.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard this morning that one of the accused is currently working abroad while the other is on holiday.

The cases were adjourned until June 27.

The ‘Derry Four’ and a large group of their supporters were in court for this morning’s hearing.

 
 
 

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