Lyra McKee: Man accused of murder refused bail after appeal

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Paul McIntyre raises his arms as he arrives at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on 13 February 2020Image source, Getty Images
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Paul McIntyre denies all of the charges against him

A man accused of murdering journalist Lyra McKee must remain in custody after prosecutors won an appeal against a judge's decision to grant bail to him.

Paul McIntyre, 52, denies murdering Ms McKee in Londonderry in April last year, possessing a firearm and being a member of the IRA.

He was originally granted bail by a district judge in Derry but was kept in custody pending the appeal by the PPS.

On Friday a judge at Belfast High Court overruled the decision to grant bail.

Ms McKee, who was 29, was observing rioting in Derry's Creggan estate when she was shot on 18 April 2019.

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Lyra McKee was a journalist who had written for publications including Private Eye and the Atlantic

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) appealed the decision to grant bail to Mr McIntyre, arguing there was a risk he could commit more offences if he was released.

The High Court judge heard two days of submissions from the PPS and the accused's legal team this week.

She determined the risk of re-offending was enough to justify keeping Mr McIntyre in prison.

"The factors outlined by the prosecution are relevant, sufficient and plausible reasons to outweigh the other factors and justify detention," she said in her ruling.

Mr McIntyre, from Kinnego Park in Derry, watched Friday's judgment by videolink from prison.