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Five to stand trial over murder outside supermarket

The scene of Colin Horner's murder outside a supermarket in Bangor, Co Down. Credit: Presseye

Four men and a woman have been ordered to stand trial on charges linked to the murder of Colin Horner, who was shot dead in a supermarket car park in Bangor.

The 35-year-old victim was gunned down in front of his young son in May last year.

Four men have since been charged with murder and possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Three of them are from Newtownards – namely 35-year-old Joseph Blair, from Shackelton Walk; Robert Ralph, 47 and from Donaghadee Road; and Alan James Wilson, 30 and from North Green.

The fourth accused is 31-year-old Ryan Graham Smyth, from Windsor Gardens in Bangor.

The woman – 24-year-old Terrie Aicken, from Green Road in Conlig – is charged with perverting the course of justice.

All five deny the charges against them, which have been linked to a UDA feud.

Defence lawyers for the accused said they would be engaging the services of experts in the fields of mapping, mobile phones and cell site analysis ahead of the trial.

Mr Justice Colton set the date for the non-jury Diplock trial as 14 January 14 2019 and it is expected to last four weeks.

Blair, Wilson, Smyth and Aicken were all released on continuing bail, while Ralph was remanded back into custody.