LAWYERS FOR BRITISH SOLDIER ACCUSED OF KILLING AIDAN MCANESPIE ARE TO CHALLENGE PROSECUTION

10 July 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A judge in Belfast has set a hearing date in ten weeks’ time for lawyers representing a former British soldier accused of the unlawful killing of Aiden McAnespie at a border checkpoint outside Aughnacloy over thirty years ago to challenge the prosecution case against him. During a remote video link hearing on Friday at Belfast Crown Court, Mr Justice O’Hara said the defence ‘No Bill’ application (that there are no grounds for indictment) will be held on Thursday September 17th.

The judge told prosecution and defence lawyers that if the case lasted any longer than one day, it would continue into the following day, Friday September 18th. David Jonathan Holden, whose address was given on court papers as c/o Chancery House, Victoria Street, Belfast, is a former Grenadier Guardsman. He was on duty at the checkpoint on the Monaghan Road and has been accused of the manslaughter of Mr McAnespie on February 21st 1988. The 50-year-old was due to be formally arraigned in February this year on the single charge he faced. But the hearing did not go ahead at the time as his lawyers outlined that they were to mount a legal challenge to the prosecution case….

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