Northern Ireland

Kevin McDaid: Twelve men sent for trial over manslaughter

Kevin McDaid
Image caption Kevin McDaid died following a suspected sectarian attack in May 2009.

Twelve men accused of the manslaughter of a Catholic community worker in County Londonderry have been returned for trial.

Kevin McDaid was attacked outside his home in Somerset Drive, Coleraine, in May 2009.

The attack took place at a time of heightened tensions over flags and on the day Rangers and Celtic were playing in the Scottish league.

The 12 men are also charged with the attempted murder of another man.

The defendants are:

  • Aaron Beech, of John Street, Ballymena
  • David Craig Cochrane, of Windyhall Park, Coleraine
  • David James John Cochrane, of Windyhall Park, Coleraine
  • Frank Daly, of Oakland Walk, Coleraine
  • Rodney Gardner, of Knocklynn Grange, Coleraine
  • Philip Kane, of Danes Hill Road, Coleraine
  • James McAfee, of Cloneen Drive, Ballymoney
  • Christopher McDowell, of Castle Walk Mews, Castlerock
  • Ivan McDowell, of Taggart Mews, Ballymoney
  • John McGrath, of Knock Road, Ballymoney
  • Paul Newman, of Nursery Avenue, Ballymoney
  • John Thompson, of Knocknougher Road, Macosquin, Coleraine

The court heard that an application has been submitted for a non jury trial.

Two other men were also returned for trial on lesser charges.

The district judge rejected defence submissions on behalf of one of the accused, Philip Kane, that he was merely present with no specific intent.

The judge said that in his view there were "no spectators in this case" and he was satisfied that all the accused had a case to answer.

He added that some witnesses had described the group that carried out the attack on Mr McDaid as a "mob" - a word the Oxford English Dictionary defines as a group with a certain intent.

All the accused were granted continuing bail.

They will be arraigned next month.

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