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Norman Moffat murder: FBI studying cctv footage

Category: Northern Ireland

Published: 8th Aug 2012 14:15:49

FBI experts are examining cctv recordings of a pensioner being stabbed to death in County Londonderry 11 years ago, it has been revealed.

The High Court was told footage of the attack on Norman Moffatt, 73, has been sent to the United States agency in a bid to enhance the images.

Details emerged as bail was refused to James McCook, who is charged with the murder of Mr Moffat in Coleraine.

Mr Moffatt was attacked in January 2001 as he walked home along Railway Road.

He was stabbed once in the stomach and died two months later.

McCook, 42, was arrested in Cheshire earlier this year by Police Service of Northern Ireland detectives working with officers from Greater Manchester Police.

The accused, originally from Northern Ireland but with an address at Stonemill Terrace, Lancashire Hill, Stockport, was taken back to Antrim for questioning.

Opposing his second application for bail, a prosecution barrister said English-based witnesses have made statements that he allegedly confessed to the killing.

One unidentified person claimed McCook, while drunk and angry, took a knife, made stabbing motions in the air and admitted to having killed someone in Ireland.

A second witness also alleged that the accused said no-one will like him because he had stabbed someone.

Nicola Auret, prosecuting, added that the investigation was still not completed.

She disclosed: "The CCTV footage has been submitted to the FBI to see if they can use procedures to enhance the quality of it.

"They have indicated they are working on it, but can't provide a timescale on it at the minute."

Defence QC Terence McDonald expressed serious concerns about the investigation and the potential delays involved.

He argued that FBI examination of the CCTV footage may not advance the case against McCook.

Mr McDonald also stressed that witnesses who claimed his client made confessions had convictions themselves for dishonesty.

The barrister predicted that it could be at least 18 months before any trial can be heard.

However, Mr Justice Maguire ruled that bail should be refused due to the risk of possible re-offending or interference with witnesses.

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