Deputy First Minister’s brother-in-law refused bail

Marvin Canning, brother-in-law of the Deputy First Minister Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, was refused bail in the High Court today – Mr Canning faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment and possessing a gun with intent – on the grounds that Mr Justice Treacy was “satisfied there are substantial grounds for believing there is a risk of interference with witnesses”. The BBC’s online report doesn’t mention it but in the radio report there was a reference to statements from un-named “highly respected people” who, according to the defence solicitor, did not believe his client had committed the offences.

Mr Justice Treacy said the allegation was that Canning went to Mullingar and then brought the two people all the way to Derry for what amounted to a punishment shooting “which resulted in horrific injuries”. “I am refusing bail because I am satisfied there are substantial grounds for believing there is a risk of interference with witnesses,” he said.