Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Murder accused told his stepson: ‘don’t say anything’, trial hears

The jury in the trial of three family members who deny murdering Londonderry man Jim McFadden have heard how one of the accused shouted to his stepson as he was being arrested to say nothing.

Father-of-four Mr McFadden was killed outside his Shantallow home following a wedding reception in County Donegal two years ago, which was also attended by all three accused.

Husband and wife James and Brenda Meehan and Mrs Meehan's son Sean Devenney deny murdering the 42-year-old in Derry on May 5, 2007.

Mr McFadden died from a ruptured heart following an assault outside his house on Moyola Drive. James Meehan and Sean Devenney have both pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr McFadden, but their pleas were rejected by the prosecution.

A police witness told the trial yesterday that he was one of several officers who went to the defendants’ family home at Dundrean Park in Londonderry following the fatal attack on Mr McFadden.

Constable Robert Tosh told Mr Justice McCloskey that he was instructed by Inspector David McFettridge to caution and arrest James Meehan.

He said as the defendant went upstairs to put on socks and shoes, he shouted to his co-defendant Devenney: “Don't say anything. Don't say any more. You have told them enough. Do not say anything else.”

The trial continues.

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