Northern Ireland

Man in court over RUC Constable John Proctor murder

John Proctor
Image caption RUC Reserve Constable John Proctor was shot by the IRA in 1981

A man has been returned for trial over the murder of a police officer shot dead after visiting his new-born son.

RUC Reserve Constable John Proctor was 25 when he was murdered by the IRA in the car park of Magherafelt Hospital on 14 September 1981.

Appearing for a preliminary enquiry on Wednesday was Seamus Martin Kearney, 57, of Gortleade Road, Maghera.

The hearing took place at Magherafelt Magistrates Court.

Mr Kearney is also charged with possessing an Armalite AR15 rifle with intent to endanger life.

During the hearing he Kearney spoke only to confirm he understood the charges. He declined to give evidence or call witnesses.

District Judge Desmond Perry remanded the accused on bail to appear for arraignment at Belfast Crown Court on date to be fixed.