Northern Ireland

Colin Horner murder 'linked to UDA tensions', court told

Police at scene of shooting Image copyright PAcemaker
Image caption Police at the scene of the shooting in May

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Colin Horner outside a Bangor supermarket last month.

Ryan Smyth, 29, from Windsor Gardens in Bangor, was also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

He applied for bail but was refused during a hearing at Downpatrick Magistrates Court.

A detective told the court: "We believe the murder was part of ongoing mounting tensions within South East Antrim UDA."

Victim shot in front of son

He said the police had carried out a number of searches, but had yet to find the murder weapon.

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Image caption Colin Horner was shot dead in front of his son

Mr Horner, 35, was shot in front of his three-year-old son outside Sainsbury's on the outskirts of Bangor three weeks ago.

Ten days ago, a 28-year-old man from Newtownards, Alan Wilson, was also charged with the murder.

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