Wednesday 21 February 2018

Man in court over shooting at wedding

Mourners accompany the remains of Mr McGinley as they are brought to St Kieran’s cemetery in Coosan, Athlone
Mourners accompany the remains of Mr McGinley as they are brought to St Kieran’s cemetery in Coosan, Athlone

David Young

A MAN has appeared in court accused of shooting dead his uncle outside a family wedding.

Patrick McGinley (46) is charged with the murder of Bernard McGinley close to a church in rural Co Fermanagh, moments before the wedding was due to start last week.

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

The accused, who appeared in Omagh Magistrates' Court, is the uncle of the bride.

The shooting took place on the road outside St Mary's Catholic Church, Newtownbutler.

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

Tragic

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

McGinley's lawyer Seamus Leonard said 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.

Irish Independent

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