Cookstown shooting suspect says he is victim of ‘mistaken identity’

Dungannon Courthouse
Dungannon Courthouse

A Cookstown man charged with attempted murder during an alleged shooting at Drumcree earlier this month has appeared in court.

Mark Leslie Hay, 32, from Beechway, stands accused of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

“This is a case of mistaken identity.”

“It wasn’t me. I was at my mother’s all day.”

He is further charged with aggravated burglary with intent to inflict greivous bodily harm as well as threating to kill a female.

All the charges relate to an alleged incident on June 5th.

A detective constable from the PSNI told the court that he believed that he could connect the defendant to the charges.

Mr Stephen Atherton, defending, asked the officer if he could confirm that his client had, at the outset of his interview with police, stated: “It wasn’t me. I was at my mother’s all day. This is a case of mistaken identity.”

District Judge John Meehan remanded the defendant to custody before adjourning the case until June 29 for a bail application.