Belfast Telegraph

Ex-RUC man to face trial for OAP’s murder

A former police inspector is to stand trial for the murder of a wealthy widow in Belfast more than 20 years ago, a judge has ruled.

Kenneth McConnell (58) is accused of killing 80-year-old Annabella Symington at her home in the south of the city.

The ex-RUC officer, who served in the force for more than 20 years, is also charged with stealing a purse containing £200 from the pensioner.

Mrs Symington's body was discovered by a neighbour at her house in Willesden Park, Stranmillis, on Halloween night in 1989.

During a previous court hearing it was alleged that McConnell, of Prospect Downs, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, was a gambling addict who went to the victim's home to ask for money.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted a prosecution application to have McConnell returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

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