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Trial of bomb plot accused held up after heart attack

By John Cassidy

Published 22/08/2015

Defendant: Christopher O’Kane
Defendant: Christopher O’Kane

The trial date of a man accused of multiple terrorist offences relating to murder bids on members of the security forces members has been postponed after he suffered a heart attack in custody.

Christopher O'Kane (42), of Woodland Avenue, Londonderry, was due to stand trial next month on a total of 17 charges including a bid to kill a senior RUC officer more than two decades ago.

Defence barrister Andrew Moriarty handed into court a report from a consultant cardiologist into O'Kane's medical condition and said the only way forward was to adjourn the case for six weeks.

After reading the document, judge Stephen Fowler QC said: "It is clear that this man has suffered a heart attack and may require further medical intervention."

He added that he was taking the matter out of the trial list for September 7 this year and adjourned the case until October 2.

O'Kane, who was not in court for yesterday's proceedings, is accused of membership of the IRA, collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists, five counts of attempted murder on police and soldiers, causing explosions with intent to endanger life, assisting offenders and false imprisonment.

One of the charges relates to him allegedly planting a bomb on the window sill of an Assistant Chief Constable in 1993.

A previous court heard the defendant allegedly admitted planting the bomb and being involved in the fatal shooting of a Catholic officer, also in 1993.

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