Significant progress in Moffatt murder inquiry, court told

Pacemaker Press 'The late murdered Norman Moffatt.'Mr Moffatt who was murdered in Coleraine, He  had gone to buy a newspaper at his local shop at 7am on January 26, 2001.  He was stabbed as he walked back from the shop along Railway Road in the town, yards from his Circular Road home. The father-of-two managed to stagger the short distance home where he told his wife what had happened before losing consciousness. He died in hospital two months later from his injuries
Pacemaker Press 'The late murdered Norman Moffatt.'Mr Moffatt who was murdered in Coleraine, He had gone to buy a newspaper at his local shop at 7am on January 26, 2001. He was stabbed as he walked back from the shop along Railway Road in the town, yards from his Circular Road home. The father-of-two managed to stagger the short distance home where he told his wife what had happened before losing consciousness. He died in hospital two months later from his injuries

A COURT has been told that there has been “significant progress” in the Norman Moffatt murder investigation in the past week.

Mr Moffatt (73) was stabbed in January 2001 as he walked home from buying his morning paper at Circular Road in Coleraine.

The pensioner was stabbed once in the stomach and died in hospital two months later.

On Monday, James Alexander McCook - pictured right - (42) appeared before North Antrim Magistrates’ Court via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

McCook was charged with Mr Moffatt’s murder after he was arrested earlier this year in Lancashire.

His arrest followed a joint operation between the PSNI and Greater Manchester Police.

During a short hearing, a spokesman for the PPS told the court that in the last week there had been “significant progress” in the case.

The spokesman said that the FBI in Amercia had finished enhancing the CCTV footage and that officers from the PSNI had travelled to England last week to take witness statements.

A solicitor for McCook, Mr O’Neill, questioned why a preliminary enquiry date could not be fixed in the case.

The solicitor said that his client has spent some 17 months on remand for the murder and that the charge of murder had been withdrawn against his client in the past.

Distict Judge Meehan did not take Mr O’Neill’s comments into consideration and remanded McCook in custody.

He will appear again on Monday, September 24 via video link.