Martin McGuinness relative’s kidnap trial is halted
The trial of a brother-in-law of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was halted after a judge said that late disclosure of statements by the Crown had resulted in an unfair trial.
Marvin Canning, from the Glendara area of Londonderry, had been accused of kidnapping and shooting a Mullingar businessman.
At Belfast Crown Court Mr Justice McCloskey said there was no doubt the new materials, including statements from Garda officers and other documents relating to interviews of other suspects and identity parades, were “pivotal” to the case.
Canning had been charged with kidnapping the business man and his partner, falsely imprisoning them, wounding the man and possessing the gun used to shoot his feet.
While Mr Justice McCloskey granted a ‘stay’ application, he adjourned the trial until next Wednesday to allow the Crown time to consider his ruling and whether it will launch an appeal against it.