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Murder case reporting ban lifted
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A man convicted of shooting his wife's former lover has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, it has emerged.

Louis Maguire, of Whinpark Road, Newtownards, was sentenced in April for the murder of David Barnes on 8 March 2003.

The details of the case have just been revealed after reporting restrictions were lifted in a Belfast court.

Maguire was on home leave from prison when he shot Mr Barnes in the head as he lay in bed beside his girlfriend.

The 39-year-old victim was asleep when Maguire smashed his way into his Antrim Road flat in the early hours and fired one shot at him.

Arson attack

During the trial, the court heard the murder was the culmination of a campaign of intimidation and harassment conducted by Maguire from his prison cell and when he was released on weekend home leave from serving a prison sentence for robbery.

At the end of the trial in February, Maguire was also convicted of an arson attack on the home of Mr Barnes' mother.

Another accused, Daniel McGeough (52), from Miller Park in Laurencetown, County Down, was convicted of soliciting Maguire to murder his own wife, Maggie Maguire, because she "was considered to be the most susceptible in the police investigation into the murder of Mr Barnes".

McGeough was sentenced to a total of 11 years after he was also convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to to thwart Maguire's arrest.

Mr Justice Morgan said he was removing the prohibition on publication due to legal developments in the case.




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