Sunday 24 September 2017

Man remanded over fatal shooting outside family wedding

Members of the wedding party leave the church after the shooting. Photo: Ronan McGrade
Members of the wedding party leave the church after the shooting. Photo: Ronan McGrade

David Young

A man accused of shooting dead his uncle outside a family wedding has been remanded in custody.

Patrick McGliney, 46, is charged with the murder of Bernard McGliney close to a church in rural Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland moments before the Traveller wedding was due to start last week.

The 63-year-old grandfather, from Co Longford in the Irish Republic, was shot in the chest in front of his wife Brigid.

The accused, who appeared in Omagh Magistrates' Court, is the uncle of the bride who was just about to walk down the aisle when the shooting took place on the road outside St Mary's Catholic church in the village of Newtownbutler.

Wearing a grey fleece over a blue checked shirt, balding and unshaven McGliney, from Lisfarrell, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, spoke only to confirm his name, address and that he understood the charge he faced during the short hearing.

A police officer told District Judge John Meehan that he could connect the accused to the crime.

McGinley's lawyer Seamus Leonard said he wanted to make clear that his client voluntarily presented himself to police in Belfast earlier this week.

"He provided a very full account of what happened in this tragic event," he said.

The solicitor said his client did not want to apply for bail at this stage but an application would likely be made in the future.

Judge Meehan remanded the accused to custody to appear before Enniskillen Magistrates' Court on March 16 via videolink.

Last Wednesday's ceremony was delayed for a short period after the shooting but then went ahead.

Mr McGinley was flown to hospital from Lisnaskea in a police helicopter but died later.

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