Northern Bank robbery trial collapses

The trial of the only man charged in connection with the Northern Bank robbery has collapsed. Adds The iol report includes a number of useful links. More details here. And more from the BBC’s Vincent Kearney.

Prosecuting QC Gordon Kerr told the Diplock, no-jury judge of Belfast Crown Court, that they were offering no further evidence in the case of the Poleglass man from Colinmill, on the outskirts of Belfast.

Defence QC Arthur Harvey is now to ask that Ward, sacked from the Northern Bank after working for them for over half a decade, be acquitted of the December 20, raid in 2004, and kidnapping his bank boss Kevin McMullan and wife Kyran.