Northern Ireland

Boreland shooting: Three charged with perverting course of justice

John Boreland was shot dead in Belfast in August Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption John Boreland was shot dead in Belfast in August

Three men arrested in the investigation into the murder of a prominent loyalist paramilitary have been charged with perverting the course of justice.

UDA member John Boreland, 46, was shot dead in north Belfast last month.

In the dock were Darren McAllister, 33, from Carrs Glen, Belfast, Thomas Pearson, 61, from Cliftondene Park in the city and Thomas O'Hara, 29, from Brownhill Drive, Kilbirnie, Scotland.

They appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

The men spoke only to confirm their names. All three were remanded in custody to appear in court again via video link on 13 October.

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Image caption John Boreland was a prominent loyalist in north Belfast

Mr Boreland was shot a number of times as he walked to his flat in the Sunningdale Gardens area of north Belfast on 7 August.

He died at the scene.

A fourth man, aged 33, who was arrested on Tuesday in Newtownabbey, north Belfast, has been released pending a report to the PPS.

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