Policewoman charged in James McDonagh murder investigation

James McDonagh
James McDonagh

A female police officer has been charged with withholding information by detectives investigating the murder of 28-year-old James McDonagh in Toomebridge last month.

Mr McDonagh died from injuries he sustained during an incident outside The Elk in Toomebridge a day earlier.

A 33-year-old policewoman has been charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice and a charge of withholding information.

A 24-year-old man has already been charged with the murder of Mr McDonagh. 

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: "The woman was arrested and questioned last month and returned to answer her bail today.

"As a result of our inquiries and following consultation with the Public Prosecution Service, she has been charged to appear at Magherafelt Magistrates' Court on 17 February."