21 April 2006

Loyalist getting bail for funeral


A man accused of a loyalist feud murder has been granted bail to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, who died in a road accident.

William "Mo" Courtney, 42, of Glencairn Pass, Belfast, will be allowed out of Maghaberry prison for eight hours on compassionate reasons on Monday.

Mr Courtney has denied murdering Alan McCullough, 21, in May 2003. High Court judge Mr Justice Gillen said he felt Mr Courtney's wife needed "proper support at this time".

He said compassionate bail was normally granted only where there was a very close family connection, but would make an exception in this case.

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