Belfast Telegraph

FBI called in to help pensioner killing probe

By Alan Erwin

FBI experts are examining CCTV recordings of a pensioner being stabbed to death in Co Londonderry 11 years ago, it has been revealed.

The High Court was told footage of the alleged attack on Norman Moffatt has been sent to the US crime agency in a bid to enhance the images.

Details emerged as bail was refused to James McCook, who is charged with murdering the 73-year-old in Coleraine in January 2001.

Mr Moffatt was attacked on the town's Railway Road as he walked home from buying his morning newspaper.

He was stabbed once in the stomach and died two months later.

McCook (42) was arrested in Cheshire earlier this year by PSNI detectives working with officers from Greater Manchester Police.

The accused, originally from Northern Ireland but with an address at Stonemill Terrace, Lancashire Hill, Stockport, was taken back to Antrim for questioning.

Opposing his second application for bail, a prosecution barrister said English-based witnesses have made statements that he allegedly confessed to the killing.

Defence QC Terence McDonald expressed serious concerns about the investigation and the potential delays involved.

Mr McDonald also stressed that witnesses who claimed his client made confessions had convictions themselves for dishonesty.

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