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PPS fails to block bail for duo accused of wedding guest's murder

By Alan Erwin

A man and a youth charged with the murder of a wedding guest in Co Fermanagh can be released from custody, the High Court ruled.

A judge rejected a prosecution appeal against the granting of bail to Patrick McGinley (23) and a 17-year-old who cannot be named because of his age.

The pair are jointly accused of the murder of Bernard McGinley (63) in February 2015. The victim was shot dead outside St Mary's Church in Newtownbutler.

He was attending a Traveller wedding ceremony. Two other men are also charged with the murder.

Patrick McGinley, of Lisfarrell in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, and his teenage co-accused surrendered themselves to the PSNI earlier this week.

Both were granted bail at Omagh Magistrates Court. But the Public Prosecution Service sought to overturn that decision.

Mr Justice O'Hara dismissed the challenge. He ruled they can be released on strict terms.

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