Murder accused's brother attends trial after order by judge
The brother of a man accused of murdering a prison officer attended court yesterday after a senior judge ordered him to be there - but he was not called to give evidence.
Peter Robinson - brother of the accused Christopher Robinson - was due to give evidence last week at the trial into the murder of Adrian Ismay, but failed to attend.
At the time of the murder in March 2016, Peter Robinson worked at a youth hostel in west Belfast. He was due to answer questions about claims he disabled the CCTV system the night before the bomb exploded and told a colleague "our Christy is calling".
Christopher Alphonsos Robinson (48) from Aspen Park in Poleglass has been charged with murdering Mr Ismay, possessing an improvised explosive device and providing money or property for the purposes of terrorism.
Mr Ismay (52), a father-of-three, died 11 days after a bomb detonated under his blue Volkswagen van on the morning of March 4, 2016 as he was driving from his home in the Cregagh area of Belfast. It is the Crown's case that a red Citroen C3 containing the bomb was driven by Christopher Robinson to Mr Ismay's Hillsborough Drive home. Several colleagues of Peter Robinson have already given evidence that they saw him arrive at the hostel for his shift on March 3 in a red Citroen C3.
Earlier yesterday at Belfast Crown Court, when trial judge Mr Justice McAlinden asked if Peter Robinson had turned up, a barrister for the witness said "he has attended today".
Martin O'Rourke QC said: "Mr Robinson was interviewed for three days, and I have not seen the transcripts of those interviews. I would like the prosecution to provide me with the interview transcripts."
Mr O'Rourke said that after viewing these transcripts, issues might arise concerning his client's rights.
The defence barrister asked for time to consider the transcripts and was given until Friday by Mr Justice McAlinden.