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Man due in court over George Gilmore murder in Carrick

By David Young, PA

A man has been charged with the murder of loyalist George Gilmore.

The 32-year-old accused is due in court in Belfast today.

Mr Gilmore (44) was killed in March as part of a feud involving the UDA.

He was driving his car in Carrickfergus when he was shot dead. One of the bullets which were fired struck him in the neck, leading him to crash his Vauxhall Insignia into a garden on Pinewood Avenue in the Woodburn estate.

He died the following day in hospital.

Two months after his death, Mr Gilmore's friend and fellow loyalist Colin Horner (35) was shot dead in Bangor, a crime which was also blamed on the UDA.

Mr Horner was killed in a supermarket car park in front of his three-year-old son.

Two men are already in custody charged with murdering Mr Gilmore.

Earlier this month, alleged gunman Samuel David McMaw (29) and Brian McLean (35) were both refused bail despite again questioning the reliability of key prosecution witnesses to the Co Antrim killing.

Five men were arrested on Wednesday morning in connection with the Gilmore murder.

Two properties in the Carrickfergus area were also searched as part of this operation.

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