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Clashes at court as Duffy charged

Embargoed to 0001 Monday March 5. 

File photo dated 20/01/12 of Colin Duffy walking free from Antrim Court, where he was acquitted of the murder of Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 5, 2012. Duffy, one of the men who survived the Sam Marshall killing was in later years charged with a series of republican attacks and became surrounded by controversy. Duffy, who was 22 at the time of the Lurgan shooting, has faced charges in connection with five republican killings, but on each occasion he denied the claims and was cleared or had his conviction quashed. He narrowly escaped death on the night Sam Marshall was shot - with a bullet passing through Duffy's trouser leg - as one of the UVF gunmen chased him down a street and raked the area with automatic fire. In January the 44-year-old was acquitted of killing two soldiers shot dead by dissident republicans three years ago outside Massereene army base in Antrim.  He left court bearing a long beard grown dur

Embargoed to 0001 Monday March 5. File photo dated 20/01/12 of Colin Duffy walking free from Antrim Court, where he was acquitted of the murder of Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 5, 2012. Duffy, one of the men who survived the Sam Marshall killing was in later years charged with a series of republican attacks and became surrounded by controversy. Duffy, who was 22 at the time of the Lurgan shooting, has faced charges in connection with five republican killings, but on each occasion he denied the claims and was cleared or had his conviction quashed. He narrowly escaped death on the night Sam Marshall was shot - with a bullet passing through Duffy's trouser leg - as one of the UVF gunmen chased him down a street and raked the area with automatic fire. In January the 44-year-old was acquitted of killing two soldiers shot dead by dissident republicans three years ago outside Massereene army base in Antrim. He left court bearing a long beard grown dur

Supporters of Colin Duffy clashed with police outside Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after the Lurgan republican was charged with IRA membership.

Two men, aged 32 and 33, were arrested for assaulting police, disorderly behaviour and resisting police as the result of altercations after the hearing.

In court, Duffy (47) of Forest Glade, was charged with membership of the IRA along with Belfast men Alex McCrory (52) and Henry Fitzsimmons (46).

The trio were also charged with conspiracy to murder members of the security forces and conspiracy to possess firearms and explosives with intent to endanger life and damage property.

Duffy was arrested in Lurgan on Sunday night. He appeared in court surrounded by prison officers and riot police.

McCrory and Fitzsimmons were separately accused of aiding and abetting the attempted murder of police travelling to the scene of a loyalist protest on the Crumlin Road, Belfast on December 5 when shots were fired at the officers’ vehicles.

A shortened version of the charge sheet was read out before solicitors for the accused told Magistrate Fiona Bagnall they had no submissions to make.

The three men were remanded in custody to Maghaberry to reappear before the court via video-link on January 14.

They waved to a crowd in the gallery who noisily indicated support as they were led away to prison.

 

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