Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Balcony fall murder suspect ‘was in fight with victim’

A murder suspect told police he was in a fight with a student who plunged to his death from the balcony of a ninth floor Belfast apartment, a court has heard.

A detective said the alleged altercation took place after an 18th birthday party moved from a bar in the north of the city to the flat at King Street.

James Murray (19) was found dead early on Saturday morning after falling from a communal balcony into the courtyard below.

The victim, who lived in the Lagmore area of west Belfast, had moved from Dublin in September to live with his father. Mark Keenan (26) was later charged with his murder after voluntarily attending a police station.

The accused, from St James Street, Belfast, was remanded in custody yesterday after District Judge George Conner said he was concerned about the possible interference with witnesses still to be interviewed.

A detective sergeant, who claimed he could connect him with the offence, said the accused was stopped twice by police on Saturday morning after emergency services were called to the scene.

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