Moffatt murder accused denied bail, court told

James Alexander McCook is led away in handcuffs from Ballymena Magistrates Court, after he accused of stabbing Norman Moffatt, 73, as the pensioner walked home after buying his morning newspaper in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, in January 2001. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 12, 2012. See PA story ULSTER Moffatt. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
James Alexander McCook is led away in handcuffs from Ballymena Magistrates Court, after he accused of stabbing Norman Moffatt, 73, as the pensioner walked home after buying his morning newspaper in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, in January 2001. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 12, 2012. See PA story ULSTER Moffatt. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
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THE man charged with the murder of Coleraine pensioner Norman Moffatt has been refused bail.

James Alexander McCook (42) made a bail application as he appeared at North Antrim Magistrates’ Court via video link from Maghaberry Prison on Monday morning.

He is accused of stabbing 73-year-old father-of-two Norman Moffatt as he walked home with his morning paper in Coleraine in January 2001. Mr Moffatt was taken to hospital but died almost two months later on March 19.

Full story in Tuesday’s Times.