Belfast Telegraph

Gun murder in alleyway part of feud, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A murder victim was allegedly gunned down in a west Belfast alleyway as part of a "long-standing dispute", the High Court has heard.

Father-of-one Edward Gibson was subjected to a brutal and repeated attack, according to a judge.

Lord Justice Coghlin's assessment came as he indicated bail could be granted to the man accused of carrying out the killing if an address well away from the area is found.

Mr Gibson (28) was shot in the stomach and thigh at Clonfaddan Crescent, in the Divis area of the city, on October 24. He was taken to hospital but died later.

The killing is allegedly connected to a fight earlier the same day.

Malachy Goodman, of Rockmore Road in Belfast, faces charges of murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, and having cannabis with intent to supply.

Opposing the 58-year-old's bid to be released, prosecution counsel claimed there could be a risk of interference with the main witness in the case, identified only as Witness E.

Kate McKay added that mobile phone cell-site analysis and forensic evidence may also feature in the case.

But defence lawyers have challenged the reliability of the description to police of the alleged killer.

Three different versions were given, including significant differences between the gunman and Goodman, they contended.

Barrister Jonathan Browne told the court: "The only evidence in this case at the present time of a direct nature, in terms of an eyewitness account, is that of Witness E.

"It's come to my attention... that this man has in fact been detained."

Mr Browne is believed to have been referring to the witness's admission to hospital facilities.

Having received more information on the case against Goodman, Lord Justice Coghlin said: "As I understand it, this is some form of long-standing dispute in which he's alleged to have brutally shot someone and come back and shot him again."

But although the judge stressed he would not grant bail for the accused to live at his current home, the application was not dismissed.

Goodman is to remain in custody until an acceptable proposal is offered.

The hearing was adjourned until then.

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