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Man accused of destroying car in Boreland murder probe refused bail

John Boreland was gunned down on August 7

A MAN accused of destroying a car sought by detectives investigating the murder of John Boreland must remain in custody, a judge has ruled.

Thomas O'Hara (29), from Brownhill Drive in Kilbirnie, north Ayrshire, is one of three men charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the killing of the ex-UDA boss in north Belfast.

Darren McAllister (34), from Carrs Glen Park, and Thomas Pearson (61), of Cliftondene Park, both in Belfast, are accused of the same offence.

Boreland (46) was gunned down at Sunningdale Gardens as he walked to his flat on August 7.

O'Hara, McAllister and Pearson are accused of destroying a silver Renault Megane sought by police in connection with the murder on a date between August 6-11.

All three appeared at Belfast Magistrate's Court by prison video-link for an update on the case.

Only O'Hara mounted a bid to secure bail, basing his application on his status as a family man living in Scotland with two children.

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