Belfast Telegraph

Former top cop accused of frail widow's murder

A former top cop has been charged with murdering an elderly widow 21 years ago.

Kenneth McConnell, 58, was remanded in custody just over a week ago accused of strangling pensioner Annabella Symington.

He is understood to be under close supervision in Maghaberry Prison after reference was made in court to his “psychiatric background”.

McConnell, a university security guard from Prospect Downs in Carrickfergus, is an ex-RUC inspector and was for many years stationed at Musgrave Street in Belfast.

The Halloween night murder of Miss Symington in 1989 shocked the community.

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