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Funeral takes place for murder victim William McCormick

Funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick takes place at Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards.
Funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick takes place at Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th July 2019 Funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick takes place at Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards. The 55-year-old was last seen alive in Comber on 30th May 2019 with his body being found in a lake on 9th July. Two people have been arrested in connection wit his murder. Family and friends follow Mr McCormick's coffin after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th July 2019 Funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick takes place at Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards. The 55-year-old was last seen alive in Comber on 30th May 2019 with his body being found in a lake on 9th July. Two people have been arrested in connection wit his murder. Family and friends follow Mr McCormick's coffin after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th July 2019 Funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick takes place at Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards. The 55-year-old was last seen alive in Comber on 30th May 2019 with his body being found in a lake on 9th July. Two people have been arrested in connection wit his murder. Family and friends follow Mr McCormick's coffin after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th July 2019 Funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick takes place at Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards. The 55-year-old was last seen alive in Comber on 30th May 2019 with his body being found in a lake on 9th July. Two people have been arrested in connection wit his murder. Family and friends follow Mr McCormick's coffin after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th July 2019 Funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick takes place at Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards. The 55-year-old was last seen alive in Comber on 30th May 2019 with his body being found in a lake on 9th July. Two people have been arrested in connection wit his murder. Family and friends follow Mr McCormick's coffin after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Burial: William ‘Pat’ McCormick
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th July 2019 Funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick takes place at Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards. The 55-year-old was last seen alive in Comber on 30th May 2019 with his body being found in a lake on 9th July. Two people have been arrested in connection wit his murder. Family and friends follow Mr McCormick's coffin after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pacemaker Press 17-07-2019: The funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick took place in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Last week, a court was told the 55-year-old was lured to his death in a Co Down flat. He was last seen alive on May 30 in Comber, and for over a month police searched for the father-of-four. A few days after Mr McCormick's disappearance, police said they were treating it as a murder case. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 17-07-2019: The funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick took place in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Last week, a court was told the 55-year-old was lured to his death in a Co Down flat. He was last seen alive on May 30 in Comber, and for over a month police searched for the father-of-four. A few days after Mr McCormick's disappearance, police said they were treating it as a murder case. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 17-07-2019: The funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick took place in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Last week, a court was told the 55-year-old was lured to his death in a Co Down flat. He was last seen alive on May 30 in Comber, and for over a month police searched for the father-of-four. A few days after Mr McCormick's disappearance, police said they were treating it as a murder case. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 17-07-2019: The funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick took place in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Last week, a court was told the 55-year-old was lured to his death in a Co Down flat. He was last seen alive on May 30 in Comber, and for over a month police searched for the father-of-four. A few days after Mr McCormick's disappearance, police said they were treating it as a murder case. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 17-07-2019: The funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick took place in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Last week, a court was told the 55-year-old was lured to his death in a Co Down flat. He was last seen alive on May 30 in Comber, and for over a month police searched for the father-of-four. A few days after Mr McCormick's disappearance, police said they were treating it as a murder case. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 17-07-2019: The funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick took place in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Last week, a court was told the 55-year-old was lured to his death in a Co Down flat. He was last seen alive on May 30 in Comber, and for over a month police searched for the father-of-four. A few days after Mr McCormick's disappearance, police said they were treating it as a murder case. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 17-07-2019: The funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick took place in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Last week, a court was told the 55-year-old was lured to his death in a Co Down flat. He was last seen alive on May 30 in Comber, and for over a month police searched for the father-of-four. A few days after Mr McCormick's disappearance, police said they were treating it as a murder case. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 17-07-2019: The funeral of Co Down murder victim and ex-UDR man William 'Pat' McCormick took place in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Last week, a court was told the 55-year-old was lured to his death in a Co Down flat. He was last seen alive on May 30 in Comber, and for over a month police searched for the father-of-four. A few days after Mr McCormick's disappearance, police said they were treating it as a murder case. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

The funeral has taken place of Northern Ireland murder victim William 'Pat' McCormick

The funeral for the 55-year-old, who was lured to his death in a Co Down flat, took place at Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards. The burial took place at Movilla cemetery.

Mr McCormick, who was a member of the congregation for 20 years and worked as a caretaker there for the past eight years, was last seen alive on May 30 in Comber, and for over a month police searched for the father-of-four.

A few days after Mr McCormick's disappearance, police said they were treating it as a murder case.

His body was discovered in a lake in Ballygowan on July 9 after an anonymous tip-off.

David Gill (26), from Ballyglighorn Road, Comber, denied a charge of murder and did not apply for bail at a court hearing last Friday.

His fiancee Lesley-Ann Dodds (21), of Mountcollyer Avenue, Belfast, was charged with aiding and abetting as well as perverting the course of justice.

The court heard that the police accept she was not "physically" involved in the murder or disposal of the body. She has denied any involvement in the murder, but was refused bail last Friday.

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