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Judgment reserved in pig farmer Jimmy Seales murder appeal

By Alan Erwin

Judgement has been reserved in a bid by a wealthy pig farmer to overturn his conviction for a shotgun murder.

Jimmy Seales is appealing a verdict that he was guilty of killing Philip Strickland near Comber, Co Down, just over three years ago.

His co-accused Stephen McCaughey is also challenging his conviction for the same murder.

Mr Strickland (37) was found dead in his car on the Ballydrain Road in January 2012.

He had been shot in the leg at a nearby yard before being bundled into the boot of his own car and driven to the murder scene, where he was blasted in the face at point-blank range.

Seales (57), formerly of Ballykeel Road, Hillsborough, is currently serving a minimum 15-year prison term for the killing. McCaughey (27), from Shackleton Walk in Newtownards, was ordered to serve at least 10 years behind bars.

Two of Seales' sons, Ian and Jason Weir, of Derryboye Road and Raffery Road, near Killinchy, Co Down, had earlier pleaded guilty to the murder.

During the trial Ian Weir placed his father at the scene of the shooting, armed with a shotgun.

During a two-day hearing at the Court of Appeal in Belfast counsel for Seales attacked the credibility of his account.

It was claimed that Ian Weir was a drug user whose habit led to a deterioration in the relationship with his father.

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