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Charge against Derry murder victim Barry McCrory dropped

The case against a Londonderry man who was murdered in the city last month has been formally dismissed at Belfast Crown Court.

The 35-year-old Shantallow man, Barry Joseph McCrory (35), was due to have been sentenced for an attempted robbery just before Christmas 2011.

He had claimed that his robbery bid on the Santander Bank in Derry was little more than a "protest against capitalism".

It consisted of him presenting a note to a teller saying "this is a robbery" before he turned on his heel and walked out of the bank.

Mr McCrory was shot dead in the Shipquay Street flat of his girlfriend on October 10.

His shooting sparked a manhunt on both sides of the Derry-Donegal border for the alleged gunman, Kieran McLaughlin (58).

Almost a week after the shooting, in the early hours of October 16, Mr McLaughlin was seen by Garda driving over the border back into Derry city.

The PSNI picked up his trail until he abandoned his vehicle in the Galliagh area of the city where he was apprehended and arrested a short time later.

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