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Accused pair plead not guilty to gun murder of financial adviser

Two men have denied murdering a financial adviser who was shot in the chest at his home in April last year.

Appearing at Antrim Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, 35-year-old Darren Kernohan, from Moss Drive in Antrim, and Martin Fleming (51), from Churchill Road in Larne, both pleaded not guilty to murdering 60-year-old Geoff Kerr on April 27 last year.

Alongside the pair in the dock were mother and daughter 63-year-old Margaret Deery and Siobhan Clyde (34), both from Willowtree Park in Newtownabbey, denied charges of perverting the course of justice.

Deery allegedly told police that she had driven her daughter home on the day of the shooting but had in fact driven her to an hotel in Templepatrick.

Her daughter, according to the charge, had claimed that her car had been stolen when in fact she had given it to Kernohan.

Crown lawyer Neil Connor revealed that a fifth accused, Laurence Desmond Kincaid, is also to be returned for trial on a charge of withholding information.

Mr Justice Hart said that he would review the case in the middle of next month.

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The court heard that when the trial does eventually start, it was estimated that it would last up to three weeks.

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