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David Black PSNI

Man (33) charged with murder of prison officer David Black

The man will appear before court tomorrow.

A MAN HAS been charged with the murder of David Black, the prison officer who was shot dead on 1 November 2012.

The PSNI said tonight that detectives from the serious crime branch have charged  a 33-year-old man with the murder of Black.

The man has also been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He is due to appear before Craigavon Magistrates Court tomorrow and as normal, charges will be reviewed by the PPS.

PSNI detectives said they would like to thank An Garda Siochána for its help and support throughout this “difficult and complex” case which spanned both jurisdictions.

David Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was driving from his Cookstown home to work at Maghaberry prison at 7.30am on Thursday 1 November 2012 in his black Audi A4 when the incident occurred.

He was driving along the M1 motorway between Portadown (Junction 11) and Lurgan (Junction 10) when, one mile from the Oxford Island exit ramp, a a dark blue Toyota Camry car with a Republic of Ireland registration, 94 D 50997, pulled alongside him.

A number of shots were fired, fatally injuring Black.

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