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Man charged with possessing gun used to murder journalist Lyra McKee appears in court

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Lyra McKee (Chiho Tang/Oranga Creative/PA)

Lyra McKee (Chiho Tang/Oranga Creative/PA)

Lyra McKee (Chiho Tang/Oranga Creative/PA)

A man charged with possession of the gun used to murder journalist Lyra McKee has been granted bail after appearing before a district judge.

Niall Sheerin, 27, from Tyrconnell Street in Londonderry, appeared before Londonderry Magistrates' Court via video-link on Thursday morning.

He is charged with possessing a firearm in suspicious circumstances and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

A detective constable, who said he could connect Sheerin to the charges, told the court that DNA traces linked to the accused were found on the gun and the magazine.

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the Hammerli X-Esse pistol used to muder Lyra McKee

the Hammerli X-Esse pistol used to muder Lyra McKee

the Hammerli X-Esse pistol used to muder Lyra McKee

The Hammerli X-Esse .22 pistol was discovered during searches in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry last month.

Following a 45-minute remand hearing, District Judge Steven Keown granted bail under several conditions, including a ban on Sheerin entering Derry city.

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