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Kevin McDaid killing: Remaining men accused over community worker death cleared of charges

The remaining two men accused of involvement in the killing of Coleraine community worker Kevin McDaid were acquitted this morning of all charges.

The prosecution told trial judge Mr Justice Weatherup that "having reviewed all the evidence in the case against the two defendants and having taken instructions from the Public Prosecution Service, I offer no evidence."

Following this declaration, lawyers Peter Irvine QC and Lawrence McCrudden QC "invited" the Judge to acquit Coleraine men David James John Cochrane (52) from Windyhall Park and 39-year old Philip Edwin Kane from The Crescent of the manslaughter of the 49-year old father of four, who died five years ago this month.

Coleraine man Kevin McDaid (49) died after he was attacked close to his home at Somerset Drive in the Heights area of the town in May 2009.

Another 10 men have already pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

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