Belfast Telegraph

Two charged over Colin Horner supermarket killing

By Paul Higgins

Two more men have been charged with the murder of a man who was gunned down in front of his young son.

At Newtownards Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 47-year-old Robert Ralph and Adrian Price (48), were charged with the murder of James Colin Horner on 28 May last year.

Three other men, Newtownards men Joseph Blair (34), from Shackleton Walk and 29-year-old Alan Wilson, from the Ballyrainey Road and Ryan Smyth (30), from Windsor Gardens in Bangor, are already accused of the murder.

All five are also now jointly charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the day of the killing.

Ralph, from the Donaghadee Road and Price, from Bristol Park, both in Ards, are also jointly accused with Blair, Smyth and Wilson of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same date.

Alongside them in the dock was 23-year-old Terrie Aicken, from the Green Road in Conlig.

She is accused of perverting the course of justice by providing police with a false statement on 16 June last year.

Tuesday was the first time that Ralph, Price and Aicken have appeared in court in relation to the killing.

Mr Horner (35) was shot dead by a lone gunman moments after he had put his three-year-old son in the back of his car at the Sainsbury's car park in Bangor.

The murder has been linked to a feud among rival loyalist factions.

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