Policewoman charged with offences linked to James McDonagh murder

James McDonagh, 28, from Castledawson died after he was assaulted outside a bar and nightclub complex on the Hillhead Road, Toome
James McDonagh, 28, from Castledawson died after he was assaulted outside a bar and nightclub complex on the Hillhead Road, Toome
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A policewoman has been charged in connection with the murder of James McDonagh in Toomebridge last month.

The PSNI officer, 33, faces two counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of withholding information.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said on Monday: “The woman was arrested and questioned last month and returned to answer her bail today.

“As a result of our inquiries and following consultation with the Public Prosecution Service, she has been charged to appear at Magherafelt Magistrates’ Court on February 17.”

A 24-year-old man has been charged with Mr McDonagh’s murder.

Mr McDonagh died after an incident outside licensed premises on the Hillhead Road on January 10.

A previous court hearing heard the cause of Mr McDonagh’s death was a blow to the back of the head, possibly caused by him falling after he was attacked.