Belfast Telegraph

Colin Duffy trial halted by witness no-show

The trial of 11 republicans — including prominent Lurgan dissident Colin Duffy — charged with wrecking their cells at Maghaberry prison, has been adjourned because a witness was not available.

Defence lawyers at Belfast Crown Court protested they had not been able to watch video footage taken inside Maghaberry on the night of the alleged damaged in May last year.

Three of the accused, including Duffy, have been freed from jail in the past 15 months.

Prosecuting lawyer Michael Chambers said a prison officer who could prove there had been no damage to the cells before the incident would not be available until later in the week.

Among the accused are John Paul Wootton and Brendan McConville. Both were convicted earlier this year of murdering PSNI constable Stephen Carroll.

The other accused are Kevin Barry Nolan from Main Street, Blacklion; Gerard James McManus from Fernhill, Letterkenny; Damien Joseph McLaughlin from Lake View Cottages, Dungannon; Mark McGuigan Sperrin View Omagh; Sean McConville, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan; Brendan Conway from Rosemount Gardens, Belfast; Joseph Patrick Barr, Bridge Street, Strabane; and Harry Fitzsimmons, whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry. Like Duffy, Conway and McLaughlin are no longer in prison.

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