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Man found not guilty of Barry McCrory murder in Derry

By John Cassidy

A Derry man was today (Friday) found not guilty of murdering Barry McCrory at a flat in the city 15 months ago.

When the verdict was read out acquitting Kieran McLaughlin of what the judge described as a "vile, savage, cold and callous killing,'' there was uproar in the public gallery.

Tearful relatives of the deceased who was blasted to death as he slept in bed at a flat in Shipquay Street on October 10, 2013, stormed out of Belfast Crown Court shouting abuse at the 60-year-old accused who turned round in the dock to face them.

The grieving mother of murder victim Barry McCrory said she did not agree with Mr Justice Horner's ruling, and that there has been "no justice" for her son.

In delivering his reserved judgement, trial Judge Mr Justice Horner, who sat alone without a jury in the Diplock case, said there was no forensic evidence to link McLaughlin, of Elaghmore Park, Galliagh, to the murder.

"The court must conclude that the charge of murder against the defendant has not been proven to the requisite standard,'' Mr Justice Horner told the court.

"The Crown has not discharged the heavy burden of proof placed upon it to prove beyond reasonable doubt the defendnant committed the murder of the deceased.''

However, the trial judge found McLaughlin guilty of possessing the loaded sawn off double barrelled shotgun and a Mauser pistol with intent to endanger life.

McLauglin had previously pleaded guilty to possessing the firearms and a quantity of ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

He will be sentenced in May following the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

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