Twelve men to stand trial over Derry manslaughter

Monday 20 January 2014 16.58
Catholic community worker Kevin McDaid died in 2009
Catholic community worker Kevin McDaid died in 2009

Twelve men are to stand trial accused of the manslaughter of a Catholic community worker in Co Derry almost five years ago.

The charges followed the death of 49-year-old Kevin McDaid after an alleged attack by a gang of loyalists, linked to a dispute over flags in Coleraine.

The men were also accused of attempting to murder Mr McDaid's friend Damien Fleming in the same incident.

Mr McDaid died after he was attacked outside his home in Coleraine in May 2009.

The incident happened when sectarian tensions in the town were heightened by a dispute over flags and by a football match involving Rangers and Celtic.

Returning all 12 men for trial, the judge said he was satisfied all the accused had a case to answer.

He said: "This was a crowd who were intent, they had animus towards the people they were attacking, brought about by huge quantities of drink, and an annoyance caused by the flying of these flags."

The defendants were all released on bail until their trial in the Crown Court gets under way.