Final two accused cleared over McDaid death

The late Kevin MCDaid.MARK JAMIESON.
The late Kevin MCDaid.MARK JAMIESON.

All 12 men accused over the death of a Coleraine community worker have now been cleared of manslaughter and attempted murder charges.

Kevin McDaid, 49, died after he was attacked outside his home at Somerset Drive in Coleraine in May 2009.

Ten men have already pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Two others, David James John Cochrane, 52, from Windyhall Park and Philip Edwin Kane, 39, from The Crescent, were cleared of all charges.

On Thursday, the prosecution told trial judge Mr Justice Weatherup that “having reviewed all the evidence in the case against the two defendants and having taken instructions from the Public Prosecution Service, I offer no evidence.”