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Derry councillor condemns 'disgusting' Lyra McKee graffiti

Lyra McKee was shot dead in Derry in April 2019.
Seamus McKinney

A SOCIAL media post of graffiti targeting murdered journalist Lyra McKee in Derry has described as "shocking".

Pictures of the graffiti appeared on Facebook overnight on Sunday before being removed. Later images showed it had been painted over. It was claimed the image appeared on a wall in the Gobnascale area.

The 29-year-old writer was shot dead while observing a riot in the Creggan area in April 2019.

Ms McKee, who was originally from Belfast, sustained a gunshot wound to the head while standing close to a PSNI Land Rover. The New IRA admitted it was responsible.

DUP councillor Graham Warke said whether it was actually painted or a wall or mocked up for social media it was still shocking.

“It would be even worse if someone actually went out and painted such a message about a young woman who was murdered on a wall. I can’t comprehend the mindset of anyone who would do such a thing.

“How can anyone think it is OK to either write something so awful on a wall or to post it on social media. Have they no regard for her family; have they no common decency?”.

A man meanwhile charged with possessing the gun police believe was used in the shooting of Ms McKee has failed in a bid to get his bail varied.

Niall Sheerin (28) of Tyrconnell Street in Derry is charged with possessing a. 22 pistol with intent to endanger life and in suspicious circumstances on dates between September 12 2018 and June 5 2020.

At today's hearing Sheerin's solicitor applied to vary the bail so that Sheerin could sign on fewer occasions.

He said that another man charged with the murder only had to sign three times a week and requested that Sheerin's bail conditions be varied accordingly.

However, Deputy District Judge Liam McStay said that if the High Court felt it necessary to impose a signing condition on Sheerin that he signs every day it was not for him to override that. The case was adjourned until March 4.

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