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Last Updated: Friday, 8 July, 2005, 12:45 GMT 13:45 UK
Attempted murder charges dropped
Paul Crooks from Highview Crescent leaving court
Paul Crooks from Highview Crescent leaving court
A Belfast man has walked free from court after charges of attempted murder against him were dropped.

Paul Crooks, 23, from Highview Crescent in the west of the city, had been charged with trying to murder three men on the Highfield estate in January.

One of the prosecution's key witnesses, 25-year-old Jameson Lockhart, was shot dead in east Belfast last Friday.

However, it is understood the decision to drop the charges was made before Mr Lockhart's murder.

Meanwhile, the police have revisited the scene of his murder to try to find potential witnesses to the killing.

Checkpoints were set up on the lower Newtownards Road and Templemore Avenue in east Belfast.

Detectives said they wanted to talk to motorists who were in the area last Friday morning.

Police wanted to talk to motorists in the area last Friday
Police wanted to talk to motorists in the area last Friday

Mr Lockhart, 25, and another man had been clearing rubble from the site of the now-demolished Avenue One bar when the attack happened.

The other man escaped without injury.

It is believed that Mr Lockhart's business had previously been targeted several times.

Two men arrested in connection with the murder earlier this week were released on Thursday without charge.




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