Two men remanded in custody accused of trying to murder Darren Moore

WO loyalists have faced a court charged with the attempted murder of Darren Moore earlier this week as sat boozing in a bar.

It is the second time in five years that Moore has been the victim of severe beating by the south east Antrim UVF.

Moore Moore suffered multiple fractures and cuts to his face when he was attacked by men with baseball bats, pick axe handles and hammers in McConnell’s Bar in Doagh on Wednesday night.

In the dock today at Belfast Magistrates’ Court were New Mossley loyalists David John Gibson, 44, and David Rush, 34,

Gibson, from Milewater Drive and Rush, from Ballyvesey Green, are jointly accused of trying to murder former Special Branch agent Moore.

Rush is also charged with having an offensive weapon with intent, namely a wooden baton.

Both were remanded in custody until next Thursday when they will appear back in court via video link.

Aaron Cahoon, 27 appeared in court on Friday charged with trying to kill Moore, a former player with Crusaders FC.

He was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon with intent to commit a crime, namely a blood stained hammer.

Cahoon, from Fairhill Gardens, off the Carnmoney Road in Newtownabbey, denied the charges.

He was also remanded to Maghaberry jailed and will appear back in court via video link on April 13.

A total of 10 men stormed McConnell’s bar on Wednesday as Moore sat drinking a pint of lager.

He had been under threat of death since last October.

Now he is under round the clock guard in the Royal Victoria Hospital for fear of further attempts on his life.

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