Belfast loyalist has attempted murder charge dropped

A Belfast loyalist accused of attempted murder has been freed from jail following a prosecution decision to drop the charges against him.

A Belfast loyalist accused of attempted murder has been freed from jail following a prosecution decision to drop the charges against him.

The decision is apparently linked to the murder last Friday of 25-year-old Jameson Lockhart, who was the only witness in the case against Paul Crooks.

Mr Crooks, from Highview Crescent, had been charged with attempting to murder three men, including Mr Lockhart, on the Highfield estate in January.

Mr Lockhart, who had connections to the Loyalist Volunteer Force, was shot dead last week while working at the site of the former Avenue One bar.

The Ulster Volunteer Force has been blamed for the murder.

Mr Crooks had originally been charged with membership of the UVF as well as attempted murder, but the membership charge was dropped earlier in the case.

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