Fingerprint evidence not yet available in Derry court case

Derry Magistrates Court

A prosecution solicitor has informed a judge that fingerprint evidence in relation to a police investigation of a murder in Derry last year, was still outstanding.

The disclosure was made during a video-link remand hearing in the case of Kieran McLaughlin from Elaghmore Park in Derry.

59-year-old Kieran McLaughlin is charged with the murder of Barry McCrory, who was shot dead in his girlfriend's flat in Shipquay Street on 10 October.

The defendant, who was arrested following a six-day cross-border manhunt, is further charged with possessing a shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

He's alleged to have committed that offence on 16 October.

The prosecution solicitor told District Judge Barney McElholm that a vast number of statements were with the directing officer in the case and more statements had recently been completed.

However, he said that fingerprint evidence was still outstanding but added "that should not unduly delay the progression of the case".

The matter was adjourned for four weeks to enable a date to be fixed for a preliminary enquiry.