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Lesbian lovers link to slain man and murder accused

By John Cassidy

The daughter of a man accused of an execution-style murder was in a relationship with the daughter of his alleged victim's partner, a court has heard.

Barry McCrory was shot dead in the Londonderry flat he shared with Elizabeth Timoney on October 10, 2013.

Yesterday, Ms Timoney gave evidence at the second day of the murder trial of Kieran McLaughlin (60) of Elaghmore Park, Galliagh.

Prosecutors claim McLaughlin shot dead Mr McCrory as he slept in his bed, firing four rounds from a shotgun into his torso and head.

He denies the murder and possessing a sawn-off, 12-bore double-barrelled shotgun, cartridges, a Mauser pistol and ammunition with intent to endanger life and possessing a imitation Walther pistol. However, he has pleaded guilty to possessing the firearms and ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

Before the murder, Ms Timoney said she had only met McLaughlin "once or twice'' as her daughter Meghan was in a relationship with Debbie McLaughlin, the daughter of the defendant.

She told Mr Justice Horner that on the morning of the shooting she was in her third floor Shipquay Street flat when she answered the intercom.

The mother-of-three told the court that when she answered the door she was confronted by a man wearing a mask and goggles.

"He reached for me and put one hand on my shoulder and put his other hand over my other and walked me backwards into the living room. The first words he said to me was, 'Don't speak'.

"He asked me: 'Where's McCrory?' I said: 'He's asleep'. Nothing more was said. Then I heard the sound of metal clicking which came from behind me while I was on the floor.

"I remember lying on the floor and I heard him shouting 'drug dealing scumbag'. That was said just once. Nothing else was said.

"Then I heard a shot, it was a like a 'boom'. A couple of seconds later there was another 'boom', and then a third and a fourth. I heard nothing else after that.''

Ms Timoney said she was in hysterics when a neighbour, Paul Hutton, came to her aid.

Mr Hutton then went into the bedroom where Mr McCrory was lying in bed. "He came out and said to me: 'I'm sorry Liz. There is nothing we can do for him pet'.''

At hearing.

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