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Defendant in Murder case granted High Court bail


A defendant accused of ‘assisting an offender’ in the case of murdered Ballymoney man Steven Peck, has been granted High Court bail.

Easther McCook (46) of Urbal Road Dervock, is one of four other defendants in the case, including her two sons Stephen and Brian, both charged with murder – with Brian also charged with two additional counts of ‘threats to kill’.

The defendant’s daughter Lisa Gemmell is charged in the case with ‘perverting the course of justice’ and David Austin (54) of Cherry Drive in Ballymoney is the final defendant, charged with murder.

At the High Court on Wednesday (February 17), Easther McCook was bailed on a personal surety of £1000 to her home address and electronically tagged, with conditions that she returns home each evening on or before 8 pm and does not leave the property before 7 am in the morning where she must present herself at the door during those hours if required to do so by police or G4S.

The defendant must not attempt to see, speak to or in any other way contact both the co-accused nor anyone she knows or suspects to be a witness either directly or indirectly.

In addition, she must not enter the town of Ballymoney as defined by its 30 m.p.h. limit and is required to report 3 times per week to Coleraine Police Station on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday between 2 pm – 3 pm.

This bail order will be reviewed again on March 3.