A man charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry is to be granted bail, a Northern Ireland High Court judge ruled today.

Mr Justice O'Hara held that Paul McIntyre, 52, can be released from custody amid delays in the case due to Covid-19.

Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead as she observed rioting in the city's Creggan area in April 2019.

Members of the New IRA were said to have orchestrated the unrest, which involved police being attacked by stones, petrol bombs and other missiles.

Mr McIntrye, of Kinnego Park in Derry, was initially charged with rioting, petrol bomb offences, and the arson of a tipper truck.

In February this year he was further charged with the journalist's murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, and belonging to a proscribed organisation.

According to the prosecution, he escorted the gunman to the scene of the shooting and picked up his bullet casings.

Mr McIntyre was allegedly identified by clothing on mobile phone and television footage of the disorder.

In court today, it emerged that a hearing to determine if he is to stand trial has been put back to September because of the impact of the pandemic.

Mr Justice O'Hara suggested the new date must also be in jeopardy.

Based on the changed circumstances, the judge confirmed that Mr McIntyre is to be released on strict conditions.

The accused is to live under curfew at an address on Derry's Northland Road, must report daily to the PSNI and abide by an exclusion zone.

He is also barred from going within 500 metres of any march, protest or police operation, and cannot have any dealings with Saoradh.