DISSIDENT SUSPECT CHARGED WITH MURDER OF PRISON OFFICER DAVID BLACK

David Black with with daughter Kyra and son Kyle in happier times

David Black with with daughter Kyra and son Kyle in happier times

DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch have charged a 33-year-old dissident republican suspect with the murder of prisoner officer David Black.

The suspect is to appear at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning for a remand hearing.

On Tuesday night, he was formally charged with the murder and further accused of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life or property.

Prison officer Black was murdered on November 1, 2012 off the M1 motorway as he headed to his work at Maghaberry Prison.

It is understood the man was arrested in the Lurgan area on Monday and taken to the serious crime suite in Antrim for questioning where he was charged late on Tuesday evening.

In a statement, the PSNI praised the work of the Gardai in the Republic “for their assistance in this complex investigation which spanned both jurisdictions.”

Two men have already been charged in connection with the murder, namely over the Toyota Camry which was bought in Dublin and later found burned out in Lurgan.

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