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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 April 2007, 11:14 GMT 12:14 UK
Man denies abduction and assault
Crime scene in Derry
Forensic scientists examine the scene where the couple were found
A man has been in court in Londonderry charged with the abduction and attack on a couple early on Tuesday.

In court was Marvin Canning, 45, from Glendara in the Brandywell area. He is the brother-in-law of Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.

He denies kidnapping and false imprisonment of Brendan Cranston and Linda Doherty and causing them grievous bodily harm with intent.

He also denied possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Both Mr Cranston, 42, and Ms Doherty, 38, were assaulted during the incident and Mr Cranston was also shot in both ankles.

They had been abducted on Monday night and brought to Derry from Mullingar in County Westmeath.

They were found injured in High Park in the Creggan area on Tuesday.


A detective constable said he believed he could connect Mr Canning to the offences.

He confirmed the accused denied any involvement during seven police interviews.

The detective said that evidence against him was of an "identification nature."

Mr Canning was remanded in custody until 24 May.

Keiron Tourish reports on the case

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