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Last Updated: Friday, 2 September 2005, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
McCartney accused freed on bail
Robert McCartney
The 33-year-old father-of-two was stabbed near the city centre
A man accused of murdering Robert McCartney outside a Belfast bar in January has been released on bail.

Terence Davison, 49, from Stanfield Place in the Markets area, was ordered not to have contact with Mr McCartney's family.

Mr Justice Morgan made the ruling after a Crown lawyer said they had been subjected to threats.

Mr Davison was also ordered not to contact the family of Brendan Devine who was injured in the same incident.

A Crown lawyer said it would be difficult to oppose the application in view of the fact that Mr Davison's co-accused, James McCormick, was freed on bail last week.

Mr McCormick was charged with attempting to murder Mr Devine.

The judge fixed personal bail at 2,500 with two cash sureties of 2,500 and directed that Mr Davison must live at an address handed into court, report to police daily and surrender his passport.

Mr McCartney's sisters and partner have held a number of meetings with high profile politicians in their campaign for justice over the killing.

In March, they met US President George Bush at the White House in Washington.

They have also held separate meetings with US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Mitchell Reiss and the Irish Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.


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