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Murder accused faces new charges

A man in prison custody charged with murder has appeared at a special sitting of the Magistrate's Court in Londonderry charged with four new offences.

Kieran Edward Joseph McLaughlin (58), from Elaghmore Park, is awaiting trial for the murder of Barry McCrory in the city last October. He is now charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to a man at Rathkeeke Way in the city.

He's also facing counts of possessing a Stanley knife and with threatening to kill the same man as well as a woman.

The defendant is alleged to have committed the offences on October 8, two days before the murder of Mr McCrory, shot dead in his girlfriend's city centre flat.

He was charged with the four new offences in Strand Road police station on Monday night.

The defendant made no reply to the four charges and was returned into prison custody until he appears before the same court via video-link on February 13.

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