Two men and a woman accused of involvement in the murder of prison officer David Black will have their committal hearings later this month, a judge said yesterday.
At Craigavon Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Mervyn Bates told 33-year-old Sean McVeigh, Damien McLaughlin, 37, and 29-year-old Fiona McFadden their preliminary inquiry would be held at the same court on June 27.
McVeigh, from Victoria Street in Lurgan, is accused of the murder of prison officer Black and possessing an AK47 assault rifle on November 1 2012.
McLaughlin, from the Kilmascally Road in Dungannon, is accused of buying the car used in the killing in preparation of an act of terrorism, while McFadden from Killough Gardens in Lurgan, is charged with perverting justice by providing a false alibi.
Mr Black was gunned down on the M1 motorway as he drove to work at NI’s high security prison.
During a failed bail application, a previous court heard how it was the police case that the day before the killing, McVeigh was seen on CCTV buying hats and gloves in one shop and matches and a bleaching agent in another before carrying them in a bag to an address at Victoria Place in Lurgan.
The car used by the killers had allegedly been bought in Co Leitrim by McLoughlin and brought to the same property the same day, but on the morning of the murder, it left the Kilwilkie estate around 6.30am and within 20 minutes, Mr Black was dead.
McVeigh, the court heard, was allegedly closely associated with leading republican Colin Duffy who is himself in custody accused of a security force murder plot.
It was the police case there was an “active terrorist cell” in the Craigavon area who were responsible for a number of terrorist acts.