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New legal team in Crymble murder appeal

AN appeal by a man jailed for murdering his lover's husband will go ahead this month despite a last-minute change of legal team.

Roger Ferguson is to instruct a new firm of solicitors to represent him in his attempt to overturn a conviction for killing father-of-two Paul Crymble.

The Court of Appeal was told yesterday he has expressed a “loss of confidence” in his original lawyers and twice refused attempts to hold consultations after a decision to shelve attempts at having fresh evidence admitted.

Co Armagh man Ferguson (33), was sentenced to at least 18 years in jail for his role in suffocating Mr Crymble (35) in 2004.

Jacqueline Crymble, the victim's wife with whom he was having an affair, was also sentenced to life in prison for the murder.

Ferguson, from Tandragee, had claimed to be at home in bed on the night Mr Crymble was killed.

The murdered man's wife alleged four masked men broke into the family home on Ballybrae Road near Richill looking for drugs and money before attacking and kidnapping her husband.

A planned two-day hearing later this month for both Ferguson and his ex-lover was plunged into uncertainty.

But Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said yesterday the case will proceed on February 24.

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