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Supporters of accused in killing of Northern Ireland journalist scuffle with police

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Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2020, 14:00

The Irish republican charged with murdering Lyra McKee is in court today as his supporters scuffled with police outside minutes after the journalist's partner arrived to see him in the dock.

Paul McIntyre, from Derry, is accused of killing Ms McKee, 29, who was shot dead by dissident republicans while observing a riot in Londonderry in April.

Paul McIntyre, whose address was given as Kinnego Park, was charged with the murder of Ms McKee, possessing a handgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life and membership of the IRA.

He will appear at Derry Magistrates Court tomorrow.

"I have always believed that some people within the community know what happened and who was involved", Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said.

Harvey insisted that there was "scant" evidence against McIntyre, and that the case was based on a "snapshot" of mobile phone footage.

According to the BBC, as he was brought into the court the protesters cheered for him and refused to move from the entrance, causing a clash with around 40 police officers.

A number of McIntyre's supporters have gathered outside court prior to his appearance.

Supporters of McIntyre, the man charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee, tussle with police outside Londonderry Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

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Friends and relatives of Ms McKee, including her partner, Sara Canning, were in court with some of them wearing "we stand by Lyra" T-shirts but there were no incidents.

Ms Mckee's sister Nichola Corner was among several people in the public gallery wearing T shirts emblazoned with her picture.

Regarded by many as a rising star in Northern Ireland media circles, she had written for many publications, including Buzzfeed, Private Eye, the Atlantic and Mosaic Science.

On Tuesday morning, four men were arrested in Derry.

The New IRA, a small paramilitary group that opposes Northern Ireland's peace process, said its members shot McKee by accident while firing at police.

Her funeral was attended by then prime minister Theresa May, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Irish President Michael D Higgins at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Her death was condemned at the time by both Irish Catholic nationalist and pro-British Protestant unionist politicians.

Powersharing was resurrected last month and the first same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland took place this week.