Charge Over Fatal Flag Fracas

A man has been charged with the attempted murder of Damien Fleming, who was seriously injured during sectarian violence in Coleraine last year.

Catholic Kevin McDaid was killed when trouble flared on the Somerset Drive estate over the erecting of Nationalist flags.

The 49-year-old father-of-four was beaten to death by a Loyalist gang close to his home in the wake of a contentious football match.

So far 11 people have been charged in connection with the murder of Mr McDaid.
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His friend, Mr Fleming was left critically injured in the attack. He has since recovered.

Police in the North West last night charged a 41-year-old man with the attempted murder of Mr Fleming.

Rodney Gardner, of Knocklynn Grange, Coleraine, appeared before Coleraine Magistrates Court this morning.

He denied the charge and was released on bail of £500 and ordered to report to police twice a week.

A defence solicitor told the court was no evidence directly linking Mr Gardner to the assault on Mr Fleming.


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