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Pair deny murder of George Gilmore in Carrickfergus loyalist feud, court hears

By Ashleigh McDonald

Two men denied murdering a Co Antrim loyalist and attempting to murder two of his friends during an loyalist ongoing feud.

Samuel David McMaw (29) and Brian McLean (36) have been jointly charged with murdering George 'Geordie' Gilmore.

The 44-year-old died after gunmen opened fire on his car in the Woodburn estate in Carrickfergus on the afternoon of March 14 last year.

Both McMaw and McLean, whose addresses were given as HMP Maghaberry, replied "not guilty" when they were charged with murdering Mr Gilmore.

The accused were also both charged with, and denied, two charges of attempted murder, as well as possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life. All three offences are dated March 13 last year.

After the pair entered 'not guilty' pleas to all four charges at Belfast Crown Court on Friday, Mr Justice Colton asked if a date for the trial has been set.

The Judge was then informed by a prosecuting QC that the Crown is in the process of considering whether or not to proceed with charges against a "third person." The barrister said "further consultation" was needed before the Crown reached a decision, which is expected next week.

Mr Justice Colton said in light of this, it would not be prudent to set a date for the trial, until a decision has been made.

The judge listed the case to be reviewed in a fortnight's time, and told those concerned: "In two weeks time I expect to be informed of what is going to happen with the potential prosecution of this third defendant."

After denying all the charges against them, McMaw and McLean were remanded back into custody.

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