TWO loyalists have been remanded in custody after they were formally charged in court with the murder of well known UDA man Geordie Gilmore.
There was a heavy police presence in court as Brian Roy McLean and David Samuel McMaw were brought from the serious crime custody suite at Musgrave PSNI Station to face Belfast Magistrates’ Court for a firsts remand hearing.
Both men were also charged each the attempted murder of two men.
McMaw, 28 from Starbog Road in Kilwaughter, Co Antrim, and McLean, 35 and from The Birches in Carrickfergus, were also charged with possession of a self loading pistol wit intent.
The charges are directly connected to last Monday, March 13 when 44-year-old Gilmore was shot in the neck and upper body as he drove his white Vauxhall Insignia car along Pinewood Avenue in Carrickfergus around 2.15 pm.
He had just returned from Belfast Magistrates’ Court where two of his associates where charged with the attempted murder of a pub bouncer on Saturday night when he was repeatedly struck with a fire extinguisher to the head after he refused Gilmore admission to the Royal Oak bar next door to the local police station.
McMaw and McLean were remanded in custgody to Maghaberry prison for three weeks.