Loyalist Gary Fulton denies blackmailing businessman
Loyalist Gary Fulton has denied blackmailing £15,000 from a businessman.
Lawyers for 40-year-old Fulton and Mark Briggs, also known as Marc Briggs, had argued to have their cases thrown out of Belfast Crown Court but when Judge David McFarland refused the applications, the pair pleaded not guilty to two counts of blackmail.
Fulton, from Gillespie Court in Comber and Briggs (age unknown) from the Westland Road in Portadown, are each charged with blackmailing £15,000 from alleged victims known only as witnesses A and B on dates between February 21 and March 24 last year.
Last week at the same court two other men, 47-year-old Philip Blaney, also from the Westland Road, and Daniel Hamilton (30) from the Old Mill Manor, Laurelvale pleaded not guilty to the same charges.
Blaney served a jail sentence for the manslaughter of grandmother Elizabeth O'Neill who died in 1999 after picking up a blast bomb thrown into her home.