Northern Ireland

Kevin McDaid: Final two accused cleared over death

Kevin McDaid
Kevin McDaid was beaten to death in a suspected sectarian attack in May 2009.

All 12 men accused over the death of a County Londonderry community worker have now been cleared of manslaughter and attempted murder charges.

Kevin McDaid, 49, died after he was attacked outside his home at Somerset Drive in Coleraine in May 2009.

Ten men have already pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Two others, Coleraine men David James John Cochrane, 52, from Windyhall Park and Philip Edwin Kane, 39, from The Crescent, were cleared of all charges.

On Thursday, the prosecution told trial judge Mr Justice Weatherup that "having reviewed all the evidence in the case against the two defendants and having taken instructions from the Public Prosecution Service, I offer no evidence."

They each faced a total of five charges.

There had been tension about flags in the Heights area at the time of Mr McDaid's death.