26/08/2005

Two men appear in court charged with attempted murder

Two men have appeared in court today charged with the attempted murder after a taxi driver in Co Down last weekend.

The driver was shot in his vehicle after dropping off a fare in the Westwinds estate of Newtownards at around 12 midnight on Saturday. He sustained a number of gunshot wounds to his chest.

Luke Hawkins, 19, of Balfour Street and Michael James Massey, 19, of Abbot Gardens, both of Newtownards, were remanded in custody at Netwonards Magistrates Court on Friday.

Mr Hawkins replied not guilty when charged while Mr Massey made no reply.

The men were remanded in custody to appear before the same court by video link on September 23.

(MB/SP)

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