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Couple face trial over 2012 murder of Christopher Mackin

By Alan Erwin

Published 19/11/2015

A husband and wife are to stand trial for the killing of a man shot dead in Belfast
A husband and wife are to stand trial for the killing of a man shot dead in Belfast

A husband and wife are to stand trial for the killing of a man shot dead in Belfast.

Defence lawyers had contested murder charges resurrected against Charles and Julie-Ann Valliday over the fatal gun attack on Christopher Mackin more than three years ago.

Despite their attempts to have the prosecution halted, a district judge in Belfast ruled there was a prima facie case to answer.

Fiona Bagnall said: "I am satisfied that there's sufficient evidence for the committal to proceed in respect of each of the charges against each of the defendants."

Mr Mackin was shot up to seven times at College Square North in the city in March 2012.

Charles Valliday (43) and his 38-year-old wife Julie-Ann, originally from Powerscourt Place, Belfast, but now with an address in Antrim, are jointly charged with his murder. They are also accused of possessing a firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances and drugs offences.

Charles Valliday's brother James (49), of Springfield Meadows in Belfast, faces a charge of assisting offenders in connection with events after the attack.

Their lawyers argued that no new evidence had emerged since the case was dropped in September 2013. At that stage the Public Prosecution Service said it intended to recommence proceedings.

The defendants were all released on continuing bail until the trial proceedings get under way on a date to be fixed.

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