Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

11 Maghaberry Prison inmates accused of wrecking their cells

Eleven republican prisoners have been charged with causing criminal damage to their cells in an incident earlier this year.

The men are all being held as separated prisoners at Roe House in Maghaberry Prison.

All are charged with damaging their respective cells on May 6.

Among them are Colin Duffy (43) of Forest Glade, Lurgan, who is charged with murdering two soldiers at Massereene Army Barracks in March 2009 and is presently awaiting trial.

Also accused of causing damage in the incident are Brendan McConville (40) and John Paul Wootton (20), who are charged with murdering PSNI officer Stephen Carroll in Craigavon, also in March 2009.

Others facing criminal damage charges are Sean McConville (28) from Lurgan; Belfast men Harry Fitzsimmons (44) and Brendan Conway (37); Mark McGuigan (27) from Omagh; Damien McLaughlin (35) from Dungannon; Joseph Barr (25) from Strabane, and two men from the Republic of Ireland — Kevin Barry Nolan (34) and Gerard McManus (27).

None of the accused appeared at Craigavon Magistrates Court but their defence teams indicated all will be contesting the charges.

Deputy District Judge Amanda Brady noted at least two days will be required for a contested hearing and adjourned the case until October 19 for a date to be fixed.

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