Judge warns on further delays in Kevin McDaid manslaughter case

Kevin McDaid
Kevin McDaid

A senior judge yesterday warned that he will not tolerate any further prosecution delays in handing over vital material to defence counsels acting for 14 men charged in connection with the manslaughter of Coleraine man Kevin McDaid.

Mr Justice Weir made his comment after he was told that some of the defence teams had yet to receive autopsy photographs and CCTV footage of the killing which occurred almost five years ago.

In the dock at Belfast Crown Court for an arraignment hearing accused of the unlawful killing of Mr McDaid on May 24, 2009 were: Aaron Beech, 28, of John Street, Ballymena; David Craig Cochrane, 23, and David James John Cochrane, 52, both of Windyhall Park, Coleraine; Frank Daly, 52, from Oakland Walk, Coleraine; Rodney Gardner, 45, of Knocklynn Grange, Coleraine; Philip Kane, 39, from Danes Hill Road, Coleraine; James McAfee, 32, of Cloneen Drive, Ballymoney; Christopher McDowell, 37, from Castle Walk Mews, Castlerock; Ivan McDowell, 47, from Taggart Mews, Ballymoney; John McGrath, 54, of Knock Road, Ballymoney; Paul Newman, 49, Nursery Avenue, Ballymoney; and John Thompson, 34, of Knocknougher Road, Macosquin, Coleraine.

All 14 defendants denied the charges at the arraignment hearing. The court heard that there were 123 witnesses to give evidence on behalf of the Crown.

The case has been listed for a review hearing on March 14,