Pair on Lyra riot charge de­nied bail

Men refuse to recog­nise court hear­ing

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - ir­[email protected] BY AOIFE MOORE

TWO men charged with ri­ot­ing on the night Lyra Mc­Kee was killed have been re­fused bail.

Paul McIntyre, 51, and 38-year-old Christo­pher Gillen faced a num­ber of charges and re­fused to recog­nise the court yes­ter­day.

The pros­e­cu­tion al­leges both men are linked to the New IRA, which sparked ri­ot­ing in the Creg­gan area of Derry on April 18.

The dissident repub­li­can group has since claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for shoot­ing the Belfast jour­nal­ist, 29.

A de­tec­tive told the court film seized from an MTV documentar­y crew links the de­fen­dants to the charges. He added: “Po­lice be­lieve these were the ring lead­ers, that’s ob­vi­ous from footage.”

The PSNI said clips from MTV taken in the Sao­radh of­fice shows the ac­cused with mem­bers of the New IRA’s po­lit­i­cal wing.

Po­lice also claim CCTV and phone footage shows two masked men in iden­ti­cal cloth­ing to the de­fen­dants ex­it­ing a hi­jacked tip­per truck and car­ry­ing a crate of petrol bombs be­fore throw­ing them at po­lice. The of­fi­cer added he had con­cerns McIntyre, from Bal­ly­magowan Park, and Gillen, from Bal­bane Pass, both Derry, may at­tempt to in­ter­fere with wit­nesses or try to leave the coun­try if they re­ceived bail.

Graffiti like “In­form­ers will be ex­e­cuted” painted along the wall of a local com­mu­nity cen­tre, and posters of rats erected on speed signs, warned locals not to help po­lice.

Judge Bar­ney McEl­holm told Derry Mag­is­trates Court he had con­cerns about wit­nesses be­ing pre­vented from com­ing for­ward.

He said: “We’re all aware of the dis­grace­ful graffiti in Creg­gan that warned off any­one talk­ing to po­lice, who­ever did that, did these two men a great dis­ser­vice.

“There is no ad­dress any­where in this city which would be suit­able in this case, at any stage. I will refuse bail.”

The mur­der of Ms Mc­Kee has sparked a ma­jor PSNI in­ves­ti­ga­tion amid huge pub­lic out­rage. More than 140 peo­ple have come for­ward with de­tails and a £10,000 re­ward has been of­fered by Crimestop­pers.

AC­CUSED Paul McIntyre and Christo­pher Gillen

SHOT DEAD Jour­nal­ist Lyra Mc­Kee

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