Loyalists pack court as first charges brought over Coleraine murder

As nine individuals appeared in court today facing charges in relation with the murder of Kevin McDaid in Coleraine, the BBC has reported that “70 loyalists” packed the court, with many captured entering the courthouse with scarves and hoods shielding their faces [though we have been ‘assured’ by Assistant Chief Constable, Alistair Finlay, that loyalists were not involved in the murder- awful big turnout for a ‘maverick’ crowd…]
Meanwhile, the news that the loyalist Pride of the Bann flute band have decided to shorten their parade on Friday night to avoid the area of the murder has been welcomed by some, but BBC Talkback’s Mike Philpot was decidedly less than impressed with the band- and others.