Page last updated at 15:30 GMT, Monday, 29 September 2008 16:30 UK

Banker 'thought raiders killers'

Chris Ward
Chris Ward denies being the 'inside man' for the robbery

The bank manager whose wife was held hostage in the 26.5m Northern Bank robbery has said he felt the men holding them "were murderers".

Giving evidence at Belfast Crown Court for the fifth day, Kevin McMullan described the gang as "very cold".

"I don't know if it's the right thing to say but I felt these men were murderers, they didn't care," he said.

His colleague Chris Ward, 26, from Colinmill, Poleglass, denies being the 'inside man' for the robbery.

Under cross examination from defence Mr McMullan confirmed the gang had told him he would have to be a "fantastic actor" during the robbery.

"They told me I was going to have to be the boss, do anything it took to make this happen, that I would have to be a fantastic actor and anything they wanted me to do I would have to work around to make sure it happened," he said.

Mr Ward, a former supervisor in the Northern Bank Cash Centre, denies involvement in the robbery and two charges of abducting Mr McMullan and his wife Karyn.

The trial continues.

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