UDA money collector’s appeal rejected

A Newtownards money collector jailed over a suspected £10,000 UDA blackmail plot has failed in a bid to have his conviction overturned.

Andrew McBride received a seven-year sentence for his part in a gang attempt to extort cash from a businessman who supplied cannabis.

McBride’s lawyers claimed the trial judge got it wrong in deciding he knew what his co-accused were up to.

But the Court of Appeal ruled there had been enough evidence to make the finding against him.

McBride, 32, formerly of Upper Movilla Street in Newtownards, was convicted last year along with three other men from the north Down area.

Police surveillance film and phone-tap evidence formed part of the case against them.

Their trial heard how the victim, known as Witness A, was approached in 2009 after he had earlier provided small amounts of cannabis.

 

via UDA money collector’s appeal rejected – UTV Live News.

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