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Wedding murder accused duo bailed

By Alan Erwin

Published 30/09/2015

Prosecutors have failed in a High Court bid to block the release from custody of a father and son accused of killing a relative at a family wedding.

Mr Justice Burgess dismissed the appeal against bail being granted to Patrick and William McGinley, aged 46 and 27, after predicting any trial might not get under way until 2017.

The judge described the investigation as "a complex and time-consuming".

Both men are charged with the murder of 63-year-old Bernard 'Barney' McGinley in Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, on February 11. The victim was shot dead in front of his wife outside St Mary's Church, where the Traveller wedding ceremony was to take place.

William McGinley is also charged with the attempted murder of the dead man's son, Bernard McGinley Jr.

The two accused, both from Lisfarrell in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, must each put up a £50,000 cash surety as part of their release conditions.

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