Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Man cleared of disco gun murder charge

A BELFAST man has been cleared of involvement in the murder of a youth shot dead after leaving a Co Tyrone disco in May, 1998.

A BELFAST man has been cleared of involvement in the murder of a youth shot dead after leaving a Co Tyrone disco in May, 1998.

Mr Justice McLaughlin found Gregory Martin Fox not guilty by direction of the murder of 19-year-old John Knocker. Mr Knocker was shot twice in the head as he ran from the car park of the Glengannon Hotel near Dungannon in the early hours of May 31. The court earlier heard how Fox told police he had gone to the disco with his friend, Frankie Lanigan, and two females. After leaving, Lanigan was attacked and beaten at the entrance to the disco. Lanigan's girlfriend, Nuala Delaney, produced a gun from Fox's car, which Fox then gave to Lanigan. After the shooting, Fox drove the others away from the scene and hid the gun at the side of a road near Aldergrove Airport.

Fox (27) from Riverdale Park South in the Andersonstown area, pleaded guilty to a further charge of assisting an offender by driving Lanigan from the scene and helping to dispose of the weapon.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.

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