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David Black murder accused jailed for disorder

BY PAUL HIGGINS

A man accused of the murder of prison officer David Black has been jailed for three months for verbally abusing police.

Sean McVeigh (33) was due to appeal his conviction at Craigavon County Court. But his defence lawyer told the court that after taking "specific instructions and with the circumstances of his particular situation" he was withdrawing the appeal.

Judge Stephen Fowler QC affirmed the three-month jail term.

Earlier this month McVeigh, from Victoria Street in Lurgan, was convicted of disorderly behaviour in the town on June 9.

The court heard that police were dealing with an ambulance crew when McVeigh walked past drinking from a bottle of alcohol.

When asked to put it away, he told the officer to "f*** off you ginger c***". Arrested and cautioned, McVeigh was recorded as stating: "Who is your boss, Matt Baggott? Tell him he's a c*** as well."

McVeigh is on bail accused of the murder of Mr Black (52) and possessing an AK47 assault rifle on November 1, 2012.

Mr Black was shot dead on the M1 as he drove to work at Maghaberry Prison.

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