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Police arrest woman over killing of UDA boss Gilmore

By Staff Reporter

A woman has been arrested by police investigating the murder of UDA godfather George Gilmore.

Detectives detained the 32-year-old in Carrickfergus yesterday.

She was taken to Musgrave PSNI station for questioning.

The arrest came after two men accused of Gilmore's murder appeared in court on Saturday.

Brian Roy McLean and Samuel David McMaw are charged with shooting Gilmore dead last Monday.

McLean (35) and McMaw (28) are also accused of the attempted murder of Kelvin Graham and Stephen Boyd on the same date.

The pair are further charged with possession of a semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of 9mm ammunition with intent.

Around 30 supporters were at Belfast Magistrates Court for the short hearing.

They were watched by more than a dozen heavily-armed police officers.

Both of the accused looked relaxed as the charges were read to them by the clerk of the court and sat waving and nodding to friends as the hearing began.

Defence solicitors for the pair said there were no bail applications to be made, but McLean's lawyer said he would apply for bail in due course.

District Judge Bernadette Kelly remanded McMaw, of Starbog Road near Kilwaughter in Co Antrim, and McLean, of The Birches in Carrickfergus, into custody. As prison officers handcuffed the men and led them back into the cells the crowd in the public gallery stood and applauded loudly.

It's believed that among those in the gallery was the current commander of the UDA in south east Antrim. Judge Kelly ordered that the court be cleared, with police officers and security staff escorting the supporters from the room.

McMaw and McLean are due to appear in court again via video-link tomorrow.

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