Gerry McGeough released on bail

According to the BBC report, independent republican candidate Gerry McGeough has been released on bail of £500, surety of £2500 and was ordered to report to police three times a week. He had been arrested and charged, along with Sinn Féin party member Vincent McAnespie, with the attempted murder of a part-time UDR member in 1981. Last week Vincent McAnespie was released on bail when it was revealed that two key witnesses had withdrawn their statements in controversial circumstances.Also worth noting an attack earlier this week on the house and car of Cllr Sammy Brush, the former part-time UDR member who the attempted murder charges relate to, and who is now a DUP councillor. In response to that attack Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew stated..

Local MP Michelle Gildernew said: “It is not clear who was responsible for the attack on Cllr Brush`s home.

“However I am confident that republicans were in no way involved and that this was not motivated by any sectarian motive.

“I would encourage anyone with any information on this matter to co-operate with the PSNI.”

As the UTV report notes

Police do not believe at this stage that the incident at Mr Brush`s house was linked to supporters of the accused.

On Gerry McGeough’s bail hearing, from the BBC report

[Gerry McGeough’s] solicitor said later that the Police Ombudsman has agreed to investigate the circumstances surrounding McGeough’s arrest.

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