Belfast Telegraph

Murder charge withdrawn in Martin O'Hagan probe

By Alan Erwin

A man who was accused of murdering journalist Martin O'Hagan has had the charge against him withdrawn.

Neil Hyde (31), is instead to be prosecuted for 48 other alleged offences, including some connected to the shooting of the Sunday World reporter.

Hyde was released on bail to an undisclosed location after appearing at Belfast Magistrate’s Court.

Mr O'Hagan (51), was shot in September 2001 as he walked home with his wife from a pub in Lurgan. His killing was claimed by the Red Hand Defenders, a cover name used by the Loyalist Volunteer Force and Ulster Defence Association.

Murder charges against other suspects were withdrawn in July last year.

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