Suspect charged in shooting death of Irish journalist Lyra McKee

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2020

The man accused of murdering Lyra McKee is alleged to have committed a joint enterprise with an unknown gunman by picking up the cases of the bullets used to kill her, a court heard.

Police in Northern Ireland on Wednesday charged a man with the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead during rioting in the city of Londonderry.

Paul McIntyre, whose address was given as Kinnego Park, was charged with the murder of Ms McKee, possessing a handgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life and membership of the IRA.

The man will appear at Derry Magistrates' Court this morning.

"I have always said a number of individuals were involved with the gunman on the night Lyra was killed", Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said in a statement.

Harvey insisted that there was "scant" evidence against McIntyre, and that the case was based on a "snapshot" of mobile phone footage.

Protesters gathered outside the court to support McIntyre, carrying placards saying that he was a he was a "political hostage" and a "British scapegoat".

A man has been charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

The Belfast writer was living in Londonderry with her partner, Sara Canning, who also arrived at court on Thursday morning.

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An application for bail was adjourned, and McIntyre will be remanded in custody until February 27.

Ms McKee was standing near a police vehicle when she was hit by a bullet fired by a masked gunman towards officers.

Ms McKee's sister Nichola Corner was among several people in the public gallery wearing T-shirts emblazoned with her picture.

McKee had written for Buzzfeed, the Atlantic and Private Eye, among others, the news agency said.

At McKee's funeral in Belfast's St.Anne's Cathedral, attended by both the prime minister at the time, Theresa May, and the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, a priest exhorted local politicians to restore the-then deadlocked and closed Northern Ireland assembly in response to the murder.

The New IRA admitted responsibility for the fatal shooting, which sparked worldwide outrage.

The city is known as Derry to republicans, who want union with the Irish Republic.

The news also comes as a breakthrough power sharing agreement on Northern Ireland in January reopened Stormont after three years of failed talks between the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

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