McDaid trial delay

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

The trial of the 12 men accused of the manslaughter of Coleraine man Kevin McDaid will begin in Belfast on Thursday.

Kevin McDaid was attacked outside his home in Somerset Drive, Coleraine, in May 2009.

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

The defendants are:

Aaron Beech, of John Street, Ballymena

David Craig Cochrane, of Windyhall Park, Coleraine

David James John Cochrane, of Windyhall Park, Coleraine

Frank Daly, of Oakland Walk, Coleraine

Rodney Gardner, of Knocklynn Grange, Coleraine

Philip Kane, of Danes Hill Road, Coleraine

James McAfee, of Cloneen Drive, Ballymoney

Christopher McDowell, of Castle Walk Mews, Castlerock

Ivan McDowell, of Taggart Mews, Ballymoney

John McGrath, of Knock Road, Ballymoney

Paul Newman, of Nursery Avenue, Ballymoney

John Thompson, of Knocknougher Road, Macosquin, Coleraine

Two other men were also returned for trial on lesser charges.

On Tuesday, a lawyer for the Crown told a court in Belfast that 48 hours would be needed to review materials.

The case, that is expected to last six weeks and hear evidence from 123 witnesses, will be reviewed on Thursday, but will not resume for at least a week.