Murderer is charged with damaging electronic monitoring tag

Murderer is charged with damaging electronic monitoring tag

A MAN who recently pleaded guilty to murdering a father of four whose body was found in a lake in Ballygowan in July 2019 is now charged with causing criminal damage to an electronic monitoring tag.

David Gill (29), with an address listed as Ballyglighorn Road, Comber, recently admitted murdering William 'Pat' McCormick (55).

Mr McCormick was last seen alive in Comber on 30 May 2019.

His body was found in a lake in the Ballygowan area on 10 July of that year.

At Newtownards Magistrates' Court, a defence lawyer said Gill recently received a "life sentence" and is awaiting a "tariff hearing".

Now the defendant is accused of causing criminal damage to a monitoring tag on May 17 this year.

The lawyer said the alleged tag incident "happened several days before he was finally surrendered into custody" and added: "It is not a classic case of cutting or breaking a tag, it is a stretched tag as I understand it".

The tag case was adjourned to June 15.