Northern Ireland

David Black: Murder accused, Sean McVeigh, refused bail

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Image caption Mr Black was shot as he drove to work at Maghaberry Prison

A County Armagh man accused of the murder of prison officer David Black has been refused bail at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

Sean McVeigh, from Victoria Street in Lurgan, is charged with the murder on the M1 motorway in November 2012.

Mr Black was on his way to work at Maghaberry Prison when he was shot.

The court heard police were objecting to bail because of a risk of flight, a risk of interfering with witnesses and a risk of further offences.

A police officer also told the court that Mr McVeigh was a close associate of prominent republican Colin Duffy, and that there was "an active terrorist cell in the Craigavon area".

The court also heard that the prosecutors want to join Sean McVeigh's case with two others that they believe are linked.

Damien McLaughlin is accused of providing a car used by Mr Black's killers, and Fiona McFadden with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The judge said he hoped the resultant preliminary inquiry would happen soon and remanded Mr McVeigh in custody to appear again on 21 March.

David Black was the first prison officer in Northern Ireland to be murdered in almost 20 years.

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