Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Four men held over killing of N.Ireland journalist

Four men held over killing of N.Ireland journalist

The Irish republican charged with murdering Lyra McKee is in court today as his supporters scuffled with police outside minutes after the journalist's partner arrived to see him in the dock.

The 29 year old was shot dead in Derry on 18 April 2019.

Paul McIntyre, 52, from Derry was charged with murder, possession of a firearm and membership of a proscribed organisation, the IRA.

Prominent local republican Paul McIntyre is due to appear before Derry magistrates court on Thursday morning.

"I have always believed that some people within the community know what happened and who was involved", said Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy in a statement after Tuesday's arrests.

Harvey insisted that there was "scant" evidence against McIntyre, and that the case was based on a "snapshot" of mobile phone footage.

Outside court, supporters of the 52-year-old held placards saying he is a "political hostage" and a "British scapegoat".

According to the BBC, as he was brought into the court the protesters cheered for him and refused to move from the entrance, causing a clash with around 40 police officers.

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Sara Canning, Lyra's partner, was also at court.

Miss McKee was standing near a police vehicle when she was hit by a bullet fired by a masked gunman towards officers 10 months ago.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokeswoman said a 29-year-old man arrested under the Terrorism Act on Tuesday in connection with McKee's killing had been released without charge.

The journalist's sister Nichola Corner was among several people in the public gallery wearing T shirts emblazoned with her picture.

The New IRA, among a small number of groups that oppose a 1998 peace accord that largely ended sectarian bloodshed in Northern Ireland, said one of its members shot McKee when they opened fire towards police during a riot she was watching.

Her death shocked the nation, and hundreds attended her funeral, including the British and Irish prime ministers and Catholic and Protestant political leaders from Northern Ireland.

An application for bail was adjourned, and Mr McIntyre was remanded in custody until 27 February.

The news also comes as a breakthrough power sharing agreement on Northern Ireland in January reopened Stormont after three years of failed talks between the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

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