Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Boyfriend charged with Bangor mum’s murder

Flowers mark the scene where 21-year-old Katie Hughes was stabbed at an Easter house party at Park Avenue in Bangor on Tuesday
Murdered: Katie Hughes was stabbed at a house party in Bangor

A 26-year-old man has been remanded in custody in connection with the killing of his girlfriend Katie Hughes.

The Bangor mother-of-one was stabbed to death at an Easter party in her home town on April 14. Yesterday, her boyfriend of just three months appeared in court charged with the killing.

Mark Wallace from Elmwood Drive in Bangor showed no emotion when the murder charge was put to him.

A CID officer, detective sergeant John Walsh, told the court he |believed he could connect the |defendant to the charge.

During the brief 10-minute hearing Wallace stood in the dock handcuffed to a prison warden. He was dressed in a beige zip-up cardigan and grey tracksuit bottoms and for the most part he stared directly ahead but occasionally glancing over at the large number of Press gathered at the side of the court.

Wallace spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the charges against him.

Remanding him in custody, District Judge Mervyn Bates described the charge as a “very serious offence”. He granted legal aid and said the defendant would have an opportunity to apply for bail next week.

Defence solicitor John Hunt told the court that a bail application would be made during his client’s next appearance.

Wallace is expected to appear before Bangor Magistrates Court on April 22.

Miss Hughes, from the affluent Chatsworth area of Bangor, died in hospital hours after being stabbed at a house party in Park Avenue, close to Ward Park.

She had been attending a farewell gathering for friends who were travelling to Australia.

Katie was the mother of a young daughter and a former pupil of Bloomfield Collegiate which she is believed to have left in 2003.

Friends and family have spoken of their devastation at her death.

None of her heartbroken relatives were in court yesterday. A date for Katie’s funeral has yet to be fixed.

Last night a PSNI spokesman said her body had yet to be released to the family.

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