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Dungannon hotel car park murder accused is remanded


Shot dead: John Knocker

Shot dead: John Knocker

Shot dead: John Knocker

A man extradited from Dublin in relation to a fatal shooting in a hotel car park over 20 years ago has been returned for trial.

Francis Lanigan appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court for a brief committal hearing yesterday.

Lanigan (54), from Knockmore Square, Lisburn, is accused of murdering John Knocker on May 31, 1998, in the former Glengannon Hotel car park near Dungannon.

It is further alleged he was in possession of a 9mm Browning pistol and a quantity of ammunition, with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.

A lawyer appearing for the prosecution said there is a case to answer, which was agreed by District Judge John Meehan.

Lanigan did not object to the proceedings and when asked if he wished to give evidence or call witnesses, replied: "Not at this moment."

Judge Meehan ordered a remand in continuing custody for arraignment at Laganside Crown Court on March 29.

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An application is to be made for a non-jury trial.

A defence lawyer advised: "Bail has been suggested but not completed at this stage."

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