Man remanded on 1992 soldier murder charge

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A man appeared in court today charged with the murder of a soldier 18 years ago, police said.

Sergeant Michael Newman, 34, was shot in the head as he walked from an Army careers office to his car in Derby in April 1992.

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) was believed to be responsible for the killing.

In 2004 Joseph Magee was jailed for 25 years after pleading guilty to Sgt Newman's murder on the understanding that he would be released soon afterwards under the Good Friday Agreement.

Derbyshire Police said Declan Duffy, 36, appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield this morning, charged with Mr Newman's murder.

Police said it was a closed hearing at an "undisclosed court".

A spokesman said: "He was transferred to England from a prison in Northern Ireland and yesterday was conveyed to Derbyshire.

"He was remanded into custody and will reappear at a Crown Court at a later date."