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Gilmore junior spends second day in witness box

George Gilmore (44) died in hospital the day after being shot in his car in Carrickfergus in March

The son of a Carrickfergus man shot dead in his car has spent a second day in the witness box at his father's murder trial.

George Gilmore died from a brain injury after his car was shot at in Carrickfergus last March.

Three men are on trial at Belfast Crown Court accused of murdering the 44-year old, attempting to murder his two passengers and of possessing a firearm.

The trio have denied all charged against them. They are David 'Dee Dee' McMaw (30) from Starbog Road in Larne, his brother Darren McMaw (33) from Kilgreel Road in Carrick and 36-year old Brian 'Scotch Brian' McClean, from Valetta Park in Newtownards.

The deceased's son George Gilmore junior yesterday denied a suggestion he had "adopted a theory for what happened" on March 13, 2017.

Mr Gilmore junior has already told the court that as he was driving in the Woodburn estate, he claimed he saw both 'Dee Dee' and 'Scotch Brian'.

He said he saw McMaw in an alleyway and that McClean ran onto the road before running off.

Seconds later, shots were fired at Mr Gilmore senior's white Vauxhall Insignia in Pinewood Avenue, and he was pronounced dead in the early hours of the following morning.

When a barrister representing David McMaw said to Mr Gilmore junior: "I would suggest to you that you didn't see Mr David McMaw on this day", the witness replied: "No, I seen him."

Eilis McDermott QC then said: "Just to be completely clear - you didn't see him at Cherry Walk, you didn't see him in the alleyway or anywhere else". To this, Mr Gilmore junior said: "I did."

And when the barrister suggested to him that he had "adopted a theory" about what happened, Mr Gilmore junior replied: "Definitely not. I seen them. I seen Dee Dee and and Brian at Cherry Walk. Brian ran out in front of my car and Dee Dee was in the alleyway."

Also called to the witness box was a friend of Mr Gilmore's, who was a passenger in his red BMW on March 13 last year.

The passenger confirmed that he was part of the 'Gilmore party' who travelled from Laganside Court to Carrick that morning, and that they had gone to a bakery in Carrick upon their return.

This witness also claimed he saw 'Dee Dee' and 'Scotch Brian' in the Woodburn estate, and when asked "how sure are you that these are the men you saw?", he replied: "I am 100% positive."

Whilst Mr Gilmore junior and his passenger didn't see the gun attack at Pinewood Avenue on the deceased's car, they heard shots being fired, and arrived on the scene seconds later.

After being asked how many shots he heard, he said: "About five or six. There were quite a lot of shots. As soon as we heard the shots, George drove back to Pinewood Avenue. I got out of the car and ran over to the white Insignia."

The trial continues

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