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Inquest into death of Real IRA man in police custody to take place in November

By Rebecca Black

An inquest into the death of a dissident republican in police custody will start in November, a coroner has said.

Real IRA man John Brady (40) was found dead at Strand Road police station in Londonderry in October 2009.

The case is shrouded in controversy over allegations that two officers from the PSNI's C3 unit - formerly known as Special Branch - visited him three times before his death.

Rumours of C3 involvement have led to speculation that Mr Brady may have been subjected to a bid to turn him into an informer before he hanged himself in a consultation room.

The Police Ombudsman examined these claims and found no evidence to support them.

The Ombudsman said two intelligence officers did attempt to gain access to Mr Brady but were turned away by custody staff, a finding investigators said was substantiated by CCTV.

This footage is expected to play a key part in the inquest into Mr Brady's death. A series of preliminary hearings have taken place over recent years.

At the latest hearing in Belfast yesterday, coroner Joe McCrisken said the inquest will start on November 5 as planned.

"I think I said in reasonably robust terms on the last occasion, we start on the fifth of November," he said.

"We managed to get a court in Derry, which is extremely difficult, so we are not moving."

Another preliminary hearing will take place on September 26.

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