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News Round-Up Week Ending 25.9.15

(Posted on 25/09/15)

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News Round-Up Week Ending 25.9.15

Appeal for Witnesses to Belfast Murder:

A solicitor acting for Mark Kincaid, convicted of the brutal murder of David Hamilton in East Belfast, 2004, has made a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward.

“Both the history of this country and these islands is that people have gone to every court in the land, convictions have been upheld and appeals dismissed and then something happens and those cases are turned on their heads, and convictions are all of a sudden quashed," says Kincaid’s current solicitor, Paul Dougan. "If there are people within the community who know what happened here, then they have a moral imperative to come forward even at this late stage."

"I am an innocent man - I did nothing to be here," Kincaid claims from prison, in a BBC documentary. "I played no part in David's murder. Why should I lie in here for someone else's crime?"

"It absolutely is a miscarriage of justice - beyond reasonable doubt,” adds solicitor Michael Sinclair. “You have to be firmly sure that someone has committed a crime. For me I am firmly sure that Mark Kincaid did not commit this crime."

Hamilton’s former wife, Angela Moore, does not believe Kincaid is innocent, however.

"I would like him to tell the truth and admit his guilt,” she tells the BBC. "Why he's carrying on lying like that, it just shows you how callous he is. All the evidence was there. There's no doubt in my mind he did it. The people in Ballybeen know he did it. He took part in it. Everybody up here knows he's guilty."

Two other Ballybeen men, William Anderson and Gareth Anderson, were also convicted of the murder. Kincaid's current solicitor, Paul Dougan, has made an appeal for any witnesses to the murder 11 years ago to come forward to help Kincaid have his case reviewed.

The key piece of evidence against Kincaid is his thumbprint found on a piece of glass in the ransacked flat where Mr Hamilton was killed. The jury believed it was left there at the time of the killing. Kincaid has always maintained it must have been left behind in the flat while he was there at a party weeks before.

The documentary, Beyond Reasonable Doubt, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday 27 September at 12:30 pm.