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Derry man (28) to stand trial on two charges relating to the gun police believe was used to shoot Lyra McKee

Lyra McKee was shot dead in Derry in 2019 while observing rioting in the city

A 28 year-old Derry man has been returned for trial on two charges relating to the gun police believe was used to shoot Lyra McKee.

Niall Sheerin of Tyrconnell Street in the city appeared at a preliminary inquiry before Derry Magistrates Court today.

He is charged with possessing a .22 Hammerli pistol, cartridges and magazine with intent to endanger life on dates between September 11 2018 and June 6 2020.

He also faces a charge of possessing the weapon in suspicious circumstances on the same dates.

Sheerin said he did not wish to call any witnesses or make any statement at this stage.

He was returned for trial to Laganside Court on a date to be fixed and released on continuing bail.

The gun was found in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry after extensive searched in June last year.

The search operation took place over two days.

A man charged with the murder of Ms McKee and another man charged in connection with the rioting on the night she was shot are currently engaged in preliminary inquiries to see if they will be returned for trial.

Ms McKee, a writer from Belfast who lived in Derry, was standing beside a police Land Rover during a riot in Creggan on April 18 2019 when she was killed. The New IRA later admitted responsibility.

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