04 June 2005


Two remanded in McCartney killing

Two men have been remanded in custody charged in connection with the murder of Belfast man Robert McCartney.

Terence Davison, 49, of Stanfield Place in the Markets area of the city was charged with murder.

Mr McCartney, 33, was stabbed outside a Belfast pub on 30 January. He died in hospital the following day.

James McCormick, 36, of Victoria Road in Birmingham was charged with the attempted murder of Brendan Devine on the same night. Both deny the charges.

Both were remanded in custody when they appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court.

Relatives of the accused packed the courtroom for their appearance and officials restricted the number of reporters allowed inside the courtroom.

Mr McCartney's sister and partner sat on one side of the public benches, separated by police in riot gear from relatives and friends of the two accused.


A senior detective said he believed he could connect the defendants to the charges.

The court heard the prosecution case is based on witness statements, ID evidence and, in the case of James McCormick, forensic evidence.

The defendants are expected to appear in court again by video link on 1 July.

Mr McCartney's sisters and partner have held a number of meetings with high profile politicians in their campaign for justice over the killing.

In March, they met US President George Bush at the White House in Washington.

They have also held separate meetings with US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Mitchell Reiss and the Irish Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.

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