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murder files Robbie Lawlor murder case cops have 20 binders of evidence, complex mobile data and CCTV, court hears

A decision on the strength of the case against the men is expected by mid-September

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Robbie Lawlor was gunned down at a house on Etna Drive in north Belfast last year

Robbie Lawlor was gunned down at a house on Etna Drive in north Belfast last year

Robbie Lawlor was gunned down at a house on Etna Drive in north Belfast last year

A total of 20 files of evidence have been collated by detectives investigating the murder of Robbie Lawlor a court has heard.

Gangland enforcer Lawlor was shot dead at a house on Etna Drive in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast on April 20 last year.

Two men, Patrick Teer (46) and Adrian Holland (37) are currently being held in connection with the brutal hit which took place in broad daylight.

It’s understood Lawlor was lured to the property before a gunman emerged and shot him several times as part of cross-border drugs feud.

Weeks later, Warren Crossan (28), who was believed to have been involved in the execution of Lawlor, was shot dead outside his mother’s house in the St James’s area of Belfast in a suspected retaliation attack.

The court heard how the 20 "lever arch" files contain CCTV footage as well as complex mobile phone data reports Alan Erwin in the Belfast Telegraph.

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The murder scene of Robbie Lawlor in Ardoyne

The murder scene of Robbie Lawlor in Ardoyne

The murder scene of Robbie Lawlor in Ardoyne

 

A report on the strength of the case against the two men being held is expected in September.

Last month the police released CCTV footage of the suspected gunmen involved in the Crossan murder.

It's thought four people have already been killed as part of the feud involving gangs with links to Belfast, Drogheda and Dublin.

Both Teer and Holland have been charged with murder as part of a joint enterprise, however neither of them are suspected of being the trigger men in the Lawlor hit.

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Warren Crossan was gunned down in broad daylight outside his mother's house

Warren Crossan was gunned down in broad daylight outside his mother's house

Warren Crossan was gunned down in broad daylight outside his mother's house

 

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The court has previously heard how Holland travelled to Sligo to meet a major international drugs dealer a month before Lawlor was shot dead and that Teer paid for the journey.

A Crown lawyer said: "There are 20 lever arch binders, CCTV material and complex telephone evidence.

"Senior counsel has indicated their opinion will not be provided until mid-September."

Teer’s barrister said she had hoped for a more “detailed explanation” for the delay in a decision as to whether to continue to prosecute the pair.

The judge listed a review for next month.

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