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David Black's son to be DUP candidate in council election

Kyle Black. Picture by Hugh Russell
Brendan Hughes

THE son of murdered prison officer David Black is set to be a candidate for the DUP in the May's council election.

Kyle Black is lined up to contest the election as a DUP candidate in the Carntogher area of Mid Ulster District Council, The Irish News understands.

The DUP said it would not comment on individual applicants while its selection process continues.

David Black, a warden at Maghaberry jail, was shot dead from a passing car as he drove to work on the M1 near Lurgan in November 2012.

A trial over the 52-year-old's death collapsed last year.

Damien McLaughlin (41), from Kilmascally Road in Dungannon, was charged with aiding and abetting the murder by dissident republicans.

But a judge directed not-guilty verdicts in the absence of further evidence from the prosecution after ruling that evidence presented could not be relied on.

Last year Mr Black described how his family felt "devastated" over the trial's collapse.

He had unknowingly driven past the spot where his father was killed just moments after the shooting while travelling to work in Belfast.

"I remember going down the motorway that morning and seeing some commotion at the side of the motorway, but dad's car wasn't visible," he told the BBC.

"I got into work in Belfast and I happened just to log on to Facebook and I seen that a prison officer had been shot on the M1."

He added: "The fact that he was murdered simply for the job that he did is just so wrong, and there are individuals out there that do have information that could help us and help dad to get the justice that we and he deserve."

Mr Black could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

In a statement a DUP spokeswoman said: "While the process is not yet fully completed we do not intend to give any further specific detail about individual applicants."

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