Northern Ireland

David Black murder: Man, 41, appears in court

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Image caption Damien McLaughlin was remanded in custody until 12 January

A 41-year old man has appeared in court in Armagh on charges in connection with the 2012 murder of a prison officer.

David Black was shot dead as he drove to work at Maghaberry prison in November 2012.

The BBC understands the charged man is Damien McLaughlin, originally from Kilmascally Road near Ardboe.

He appeared before Armagh Magistrates' Court after a ruling by the High Court in Dublin on 2 December to extradite him to Northern Ireland.

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Image caption David Black was shot dead as he drove to work at Maghaberry prison in November 2012

Mr McLaughlin, who is a suspected dissident republican, was arrested for alleged offences of:

  • Aiding and abetting murder
  • Membership of a proscribed organisation
  • Commissioning and instigating preparatory acts of terrorism
  • Committing and assisting acts of terrorism

He was remanded in custody until 12 January.

Mr McLaughlin was granted bail by police in May 2014, but absconded in November 2016.

Six months later, in May 2017, he was arrested by gardaí under a European Arrest Warrant as part of a joint intelligence-led operation with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

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