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Fermanagh traveller wedding murder accused faces court

By David Young and PA

A man has been remanded in custody accused of murdering his great-uncle outside a family wedding.

William McGinley (26) is charged with killing Bernard McGinley close to a church in rural Co Fermanagh last month, moments before the Traveller wedding was due to start.

The accused's father, Patrick McGinley (46), has already appeared in court charged with the murder of the 63-year-old grandfather from Co Longford. William McGinley, who is a cousin of the bride who was just about to walk down the aisle when the shooting took place, is also charged with the attempted murder of the dead man's son - Bernard McGinley Jnr - who was injured in the same incident outside St Mary's Catholic Church in the village of Newtownbutler.

He appeared at Omagh Magistrates Court on Saturday afternoon.

McGinley, who is from Lisfarrell, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the charges he faces during the short hearing.

A police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that he could connect the accused to the crimes. McGinley's lawyer, Seamus Leonard, said his client denied involvement.

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