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Kevin McDaid killing charges dropped

By John Cassidy

A Co Antrim man who was due to be tried for killing Catholic community worker Kevin McDaid has had manslaughter and attempted murder charges dropped.

Mr McDaid (49) died after a group of loyalists launched a violent attack near his Somerset Drive home in the Heights area of Coleraine in 2009.

John McGrath (54) of Knock Road, Ballymoney, initially faced a string of charges, including manslaughter.

He was re-arraigned yesterday at Belfast Crown Court and pleaded guilty to lesser charges, including assaulting Mr McDaid causing him actual bodily harm.

Trial judge Mr Justice Weatherup released McGrath on continuing bail pending the preparation of a pre-sentence report before passing sentence.

Last week, seven other defendants pleaded guilty to lesser charges linked to Mr McDaid’s death.

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