12 deny McDaid murder

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Twelve men have pleaded not guilty to killing Catholic community worker Kevin McDaid in May 2009.

Mr McDaid was attacked by a loyalist gang outside his Somerset Drive home in Coleraine.

All of the accused appeared in the dock at Belfast Crown Court today (Friday) for a pre-trial hearing.

The 12 men are also charged with the attempted murder of another man.

The defendants are: Aaron Beech, John Street, Ballymena; David Craig Cochrane, Windyhall Park, Coleraine; David James John Cochrane, Windyhall Park, Coleraine; Frank Daly, Oakland Walk, Coleraine; Rodney Gardner, Knocklynn Grange, Coleraine; Philip Kane, Danes Hill Road, Coleraine; James McAfee, of Cloneen Drive, Ballymoney; Christopher McDowell, Castle Walk Mews, Castlerock; Ivan McDowell, Taggart Mews, Ballymoney; John McGrath, Knock Road, Ballymoney; Paul Newman, Nursery Avenue, Ballymoney; John Thompson, Knocknougher Road, Macosquin, Coleraine

Two other men face lesser charges including threats to kill.