Monday 22 May 2017

Man is charged over prison officer murder

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, of the Special Detective Unit, told counsel for the State Fiona Murphy BL that he arrested Mr McLaughlin on Thursday in Donegal (Stock picture)
Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, of the Special Detective Unit, told counsel for the State Fiona Murphy BL that he arrested Mr McLaughlin on Thursday in Donegal (Stock picture)

Daniel Hickey

A man charged in connection with the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black in November 2012 has appeared at the High Court in Dublin on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

Damien Joseph McLaughlin (40), with an address at Glenties Road, Belfast, was arrested on Thursday in Co Donegal by a member of the Special Detective Unit.

Mr McLaughlin is wanted by authorities in Northern Ireland to face allegations that he aided and abetted in the murder of David Black on November 1, 2012, and was in possession of an article suspected of being for the commission of the act of murder.

Mr Black (52) was shot dead by dissident republicans as he drove to work at Maghaberry jail. Mr McLaughlin is also charged with engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism and of being a member of a proscribed organisation.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, of the Special Detective Unit, told counsel for the State Fiona Murphy BL that he arrested Mr McLaughlin on Thursday in Donegal.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly remanded Mr McLaughlin in custody until March 20.

Irish Independent

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