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Murder trial told of 'gun hidden under car bonnet'

A BELFAST man accused of murder told police he did not know the gun had been hidden under the bonnet of his car.

A BELFAST man accused of murder told police he did not know the gun had been hidden under the bonnet of his car.

An RUC sergeant said Gregory Fox told him the first he knew about the gun was after his friend had been attacked and beaten up as he left a disco at the Glengannon Hotel outside Dungannon. Fox had said his friend - Frankie Lanigan - was staggering towards him. He looked like a corpse with blood pouring out of his face.

"He and Nuala were shouting, 'Where's the shooter? Get the shooter.' And I was standing dumb-founded," Fox had continued.

Nuala Deaney had told him the gun was under the bonnet, and he opened it. She told him it was under the black flap and he pulled out something wrapped in paper.

It felt like a gun, but he said did not know it was real.

Fox (27) from Riverdale Park South is on trial at Belfast Crown Court for the murder of John Knocker (19) who was gunned down as he ran from the hotel in the early hours of May 31, 1998.

He also denies having possession of the 9mm Browning pistol and ammunition with intent to endanger life and under suspicious circumstances.

Nuala Delaney (20) from The Manor, Black's Road, Belfast, has already pleaded guilty to assisting an offender by obtaining a change of clothing for Lanigan, and having a firearm under suspicious circumstances.

The trial continues

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