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Man accused of destroying 'murder car' is denied bail

By Alan Erwin

Published 14/10/2016

A man who allegedly destroyed a car sought by detectives investigating the murder of a former loyalist paramilitary boss must remain in custody, a judge ruled yesterday.

Thomas O'Hara was refused bail on a charge connected to the probe into the shooting of ex-UDA 'brigadier' John Boreland in north Belfast in August.

Rejecting the 29-year-old's application to be released, a judge at the city's Magistrates' Court cited the risk of further offences and possible interference with witnesses.

O'Hara, from Brownhill Drive in Kilbirnie, north Ayrshire, is one of three men charged with perverting the course of justice.

Darren McAllister (34), from Carrs Glen Park, and Thomas Pearson (61), of Cliftondene Park, both in Belfast, are accused of the same offence.

Boreland (46), was gunned down at Sunningdale Gardens as he walked to his flat on August 7.

The trio are accused of destroying a car sought by police in connection with the murder.

All three appeared at court yesterday by prison video-link for an update on the case.

All three defendants were remanded in custody to appear again on November 10.

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