Northern Ireland

David Black: Man charged with prison officer's murder

Sean McVeigh was charged with the murder of David Black
Sean McVeigh was charged with the murder of David Black

A 33-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a prison officer as he drove to work in Northern Ireland.

David Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was shot dead on the M1 in County Armagh as he went to work at Maghaberry Prison in November 2012.

Sean McVeigh from Victoria Street, Lurgan, County Armagh, has appeared in court in Craigavon charged with murder.

He is also charged with having an AK47 rifle with intent to endanger life.

Mr Black was the 31st member of the prison service to be killed in Northern Ireland. It was the first such murder in almost 20 years.

David Black
Mr Black was shot as he drove to work at Maghaberry Prison

The accused nodded to indicate that he understood the charges.

A detective told the court that he believed he could connect him to the charges.

Mr McVeigh's friends and family were reprimanded by the magistrate for applauding and shouting as he was led away.

He is due to appear in court through a video link again 28 February.

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