26/10/2010

'Not Guilty Plea' On Taxi Driver Death

A Belfast man has pleaded not guilty at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today to the murder of a taxi driver in Belfast in 2007.

Gerard Mackin, 28, from west Belfast originally but now with an address in Dublin denied the murder of Edward Burns, a taxi driver, 36, on the Falls Road, Belfast on March 12, 2007.
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He also pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Damien O'Neill, the possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and causing serious harm to Mr O'Neill on the same date.

Mackin's trial is a retrial after his conviction in 2008 for murder was quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal and a retrial was ordered.

He was the first person convicted in a Dublin court for an alleged murder in Belfast under a rarely used cross-border anti-terrorist law.

Mackin was remanded in custody until December when the prosecution is expected to outline the case against him.

(BMcC/GK)

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