Two charged with Gil­more mur­der are re­fused bail

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY ALAN ER­WIN

TWO men charged with mur­der­ing prom­i­nent loy­al­ist Ge­orge Gil­more must re­main in cus­tody, a judge has ruled.

Al­leged gun­man Sa­muel David McMaw (29) and Brian McLean (35) were both re­fused bail de­spite again ques­tion­ing the re­li­a­bil­ity of key pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses to the killing in Car­rick­fer­gus.

Their ap­pli­ca­tions were de­nied at Belfast Mag­is­trates Court on the ba­sis that no change in cir­cum­stances had been es­tab­lished.

Gil­more (44) died af­ter be­ing hit by bul­lets fired at his car on the Wood­burn hous­ing es­tate in broad day­light in March this year.

McMaw, from Star­bog Road in Kil­waugh­ter, Co Antrim, and McLean, with an ad­dress at The Birches in Car­rick­fer­gus, are jointly charged with the mur­der.

De­fence lawyers based their new ap­pli­ca­tions for bail on is­sues around the cred­i­bil­ity of wit­nesses.

Bar­ris­ter Den­nis Boyd con­tended: “These wit­nesses are fun­da­men­tally un­re­li­able.”

Re­fus­ing the ap­pli­ca­tions, how­ever, Dis­trict Judge Nigel Brod­er­ick stressed he was not over­see­ing the trial.

“I don’t be­lieve this court is in a po­si­tion to prop­erly an­a­lyse the Crown case to such an ex­tent that it would change the view in re­la­tion to bail,” he said.

“I’m not sat­is­fied that there is a ma­te­rial change in cir­cum­stances,” the judge added.

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