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Trial date for trio accused of burning John Boreland murder case car


John Boreland

John Boreland

John Boreland

The non-jury Diplock trial of three men facing charges arising out of the murder last August, of one-time loyalist paramilitary boss John 'Bonzer' Boreland, has been fixed for November 27 next.

On Monday the trio Darren George Thomas John McAllister, (34), Thomas O'Hara, (30) and 62-year-old Thomas Boyd Pearson, denied doing an act to pervert public justice by destroying a Renault Megan car, said to have been used in the shooting.

In addition Pearson denied a second separate charge of allegedly supplying a silver Renault Megan knowing or suspecting it may be used in an act of terrorism.

Prosecution counsel Sam Magee told Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland that preparation for the case was "in an advanced state of readiness" and that it was anticipated that the trial itself would not "last anymore than a week".

McAllister, from Carrs Glen in Belfast, and Pearson of Rathglynn, Antrim, were both released on continuing bail, while O'Hara, with an address in Brownhill Drive in Kilburney, Scotland, was remanded back into custody.

Earlier this year the High Court was told that the 47-year-old former footballer and north Belfast UDA boss was shot twice on August 7 last year in Sunningdale Gardens as he walked to his flat moments after leaving a local bar.

It was claimed that Mr Boreland was initially brought to his knees after being shot in the chest before being shot again. 

The car used by the gunmen, reported to be a Renault Megan was purchased about five months before the shooting, and allegedly set on fire two days after the murder.

Belfast Telegraph