Woman facing false alibi charge linked to David Black murder

David Black
David Black

An unemployed single mother from Co Armagh is to stand trial in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black.

Fiona McFadden, 29, of Killough Gardens, Lurgan, appeared at Belfast Crown Court on Friday for a brief arraignment hearing.

She pleaded not guilty to a single charge that she supplied a false alibi to a murder suspect on the day after Mr Black was killed.

The charge alleges that she informed police investigating Mr Black’s murder that Sean McVeigh had been in her company between 4pm and 9.30pm on October 31, 2012.

The trial is expected to last a number of weeks.

McFadden was released on continuing bail to await the fixing of a date for her trial later this year.

Mr Black was shot dead on the M1 in Co Armagh as he went to work at Maghaberry prison in November 2012.

The 52-year-old father of two was the first prison officer in Northern Ireland to be murdered in almost 20 years.

Sean McVeigh, 33, of Victoria Road, Lurgan was charged at Craigavon Magistrates Court in February 2014 with the murder of Mr Black.

He was further charged with possessing an assault rifle with the intent to endanger life.

However, in July last year the charges were dropped. A solicitor for McVeigh told the court that he planned to instigate legal proceedings against the PSNI and the Public Prosecution Service over the time his client had spent on remand.