Northern Ireland

Christopher Mackin murder: Husband and wife accused

A husband and wife are to stand trial jointly charged with the murder of a man shot in Belfast.

Charles and Julie Ann Valliday are accused of killing Christopher Mackin in March 2012.

A third person, James Valliday, is also to be prosecuted for a separate alleged offence of assisting offenders involved in the killing.

Mr Mackin, 31, was shot up to seven times at College Square North in the city.

His relatives packed Belfast Magistrates' Court for preliminary enquiry proceedings against the three accused.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered all three to be returned for future trial at Belfast Crown Court.

Charles Valliday, 41, of Powerscourt Place, Belfast, was bailed to live in Antrim.

His 36-year-old wife will continue to live at an address in Belfast until the trial gets under way on a date to be fixed.

Charles Valliday's brother James, 47, of Springfield Road, was also bailed on the assisting offenders charge he faces.

Conditions imposed on the accused include curfews, electronic monitoring and the surrender of their passports.