Northern Ireland

Mark Campbell charged over UVF murders of Gary Convie and Eamon Fox

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Media captionMark Campbell appeared in court accused of killing Eamon Fox and Gary Convie

A 42-year-old man has appeared in court charged with a paramilitary double murder almost 20 years ago.

Mark Campbell, of no fixed address, is accused of killing Eamon Fox and Gary Convie in north Belfast in May 1994.

The Catholic builders were eating lunch in a car at a building site in North Queen Street when they were shot dead by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).

A defence lawyer said his client would be denying the charges and would apply for bail at a later hearing.

Mr Campbell stood in the dock with his arms folded as the charges were put to him.

He is accused of two counts of murder, and one of attempted murder in connection with the same attack.

He is also accused of having a sub-machine gun and ammunition.

As he was led out of the dock, the accused's supporters waved at him, and he gave them a thumbs-up sign.

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Image caption The two men were shot dead in North Queen Street in 1994

Eamon Fox and Gary Convie were from County Armagh.

Mr Fox, who was 44, had six children.

Mr Convie was 24 and a father of one.

Mr Convie's father and two of Mr Fox's sons were in Belfast Magistrates Court for the hearing.