Man due in court charged with murder of Lyra McKee

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

The announcement comes after a journalist in Northern Ireland was shot dead in riots near the Derry-based Creggan estate in April previous year, with the designated terrorist organisation reportedly admitting to the murder.

McKee, 29, was shot dead while reporting on riots in Londonderry, April 18, 2019, in the heavily Catholic Creggan neighbourhood.

The local man was arrested by detectives on Tuesday (local time) and taken to Belfast, where he was also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and with professing to be a member of a proscribed organisation.

His address was given in court as Kinnego Park, Londonderry.

"While today is significant for the investigation the quest for the evidence to bring the gunman to justice remains active and ongoing".

Mr Harvey said the case rested on a "snapshot" of low-quality mobile phone footage which the prosecution claims showed a man wearing clothing matching what his client was wearing earlier in the day.

Outside the courthouse, several dozen supporters of McIntyre carrying placards clashed briefly with police.

They scuffled with up to 40 police officers as they refused to move from the court's entrance, cheering loudly as Mr McIntyre was driven into the court buildings.

Yesterday afternoon, one of those arrested, a 52-year-old man from Derry, was charged with Ms McKee's murder.

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Police officers at the scene of a shooting in Londonderry Northern Ireland. AFP via Getty Images

Friends and relatives of Ms McKee, including her partner, Sara Canning, were in court with some of them wearing "we stand by Lyra" T-shirts but there were no incidents.

An application for bail was adjourned, and Mr McIntyre was remanded in custody until 27 February.

Ms McKee was living in Londonderry with her partner Sara Canning, who was in court for the hearing.

Lyra's sister Nichola Corner said she "didn't see the need" for the protest to happen.

Regarded by many as a rising star in Northern Ireland media circles, she had written for many publications, including Buzzfeed, Private Eye, the Atlantic and Mosaic Science.

Her funeral was attended by then prime minister Theresa May, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Irish President Michael D Higgins at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

The news also comes as a breakthrough power sharing agreement on Northern Ireland in January reopened Stormont after three years of failed talks between the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

The New IRA admitted responsibility for the fatal shooting, which sparked global outrage.

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