Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Husband and wife to stand trial over Belfast man's murder

Christopher Mackin was shot in Belfast city centre (PA/PSNI)
Christopher Mackin was shot in Belfast city centre (PA/PSNI)

A husband and wife are to stand trial jointly charged with the murder of a man shot dead in Belfast, a judge ruled today.

Charles and Julie Ann Valliday are accused over the fatal gun attack on Christopher Mackin in March last year.

A third suspect, James Valliday, is also to be prosecuted for a separate alleged offence of assisting offenders involved in the killing.

Mr Mackin (31) was shot up to seven times at College Square North in the city.

His relatives packed Belfast Magistrates' Court today for preliminary enquiry proceedings against the three accused.

A prosecution lawyer submitted that all three have a case to answer.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall backed her assessment and ordered them to be returned for future trial at Belfast Crown Court.

Charles Valliday (41) of Powerscourt Place, Belfast, was bailed to live in Antrim.

His 36-year-old wife will continue to live at an address in Belfast until the trial gets underway on a date to be fixed.

Charles Valliday's brother James (47) of Springfield Road, was also bailed on the assisting offenders charge he faces.

Conditions imposed on the accused include curfews, electronic monitoring and the surrender of their passports.

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