Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

No charges against UVF killer over Charlie’s murder

Former UVF supergrass and convicted killer Jimmy Crockard has been released by police after two days of questioning about the 2007 murder of Dundonald pensioner Charlie Stead.

No charges have been proffered against Crockard and he was returned yesterday to Maghaberry jail, where he gave himself up last month after his life sentence early release licence was revoked.

A PSNI spokesman said: “A 56-year-old man being questioned by detectives investigating Mr Stead’s murder in February 2007 has been returned unconditionally to the custody of Maghaberry prison. Inquiries into the killing are continuing.”

Crockard, who had been in hiding in Spain, travelled back to Northern Ireland nearly three weeks ago saying he wanted to clear his name over the brutal killing. Crockard’s solicitor Joe Rice said that during a lengthy series of police interviews his client had consistently denied killing Mr Stead.

He said detectives hadn’t produced any evidence to link Crockard to the killing.

“Mr Crockard has given police a full account of his movements and has told them that he had nothing to do with Mr Stead’s killing,” said Mr Rice.

Mr Stead (92), who was a Royal Navy war hero, was beaten to death at his Canberra Park home in February 2007.

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