Bail scandal: countdown to terror suspect vanishing
First courts bailed Damien McLaughlin, who stands charged in relation to David Black’s murder. Then they relaxed his bail terms.
Then he vanished. But even then it took another seven weeks before his bail was finally revoked. Here we catalogue, step by step, the time and effort which had been put in to get this far – and how the whole thing is now at risk of being undone, in what is among the worst scandals the UK justice system has seen in recent memory: