Charges withdrawn against man in David Black murder case

Tuesday 01 July 2014 20.32
David Black was shot dead as he drove to work
David Black was shot dead as he drove to work

Charges have been dropped against a Co Armagh man who had been accused of murdering a prison officer in Northern Ireland.

Sean McVeigh, 33, from Lurgan had always denied any involvement in the motorway shooting of David Black in 2012.

A lawyer for the Public Prosecution Service told Craigavon Magistrates' Court that the murder charge and a count of possession of an assault rifle with the intent to endanger life were being dropped.

Mr McVeigh is to sue the PPS and PSNI for the time he has spent in custody.

When he was first arrested and charged in February, Mr McVeigh's lawyers had requested that the PPS review the case as they insisted there was no evidence against their client.

Long serving prison officer Mr Black, 52, was shot dead as he drove to work along the M1 motorway in Co Armagh.

He was the 31st prison warder to be killed in Northern Ireland, but the first murdered in almost 20 years.

The car used in the attack was found burned out nearby in Lurgan.

A lawyer from the PPS said: "The charges in this matter are to be withdrawn.

"No prosecution has been directed."