PSNI gun attack accused to stand trial
Two men are to stand trial in connection with a suspected gun attack on police in north Belfast, a judge ruled today.
Michael Gorman, 58, and Thomas McWilliams, 48, are jointly charged with having a semi-automatic rifle with intent to endanger life or damage property, and in suspicious circumstances.
Gorman, of Estoril Court, Belfast, faces a further count of assisting an offender by facilitating concealment of the weapon.
The allegations relate to shots being fired as rioting erupted following a contentious Twelfth of July Orange Order parade through Ardoyne last year.
McWilliams, from Northwick Drive in the city, was brought from custody to appear alongside his co-accused for preliminary enquiry proceedings at Belfast Magistrates' Court.
A prosecution lawyer contended that both men had a case to answer and should be sent for trial.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted the application and returned the pair to Belfast Crown Court.
McWilliams will remain in custody until the trial gets underway on a date to be fixed.
Gorman was released on continuing bail, having surrendered all travel documents as part of his release conditions.