Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Man in stabbing case freed on bail

One of five members of a family awaiting sentence on charges |related to the fatal stabbing of a |father-of-six has been freed on bail.

Belfast Crown Court judge Mr Justice Stephens accepted that the application by Christopher Charles Notarantonio (56) in relation to the death of Gerard Devlin was an exceptional one.

Mr Devlin died after he was stabbed during an affray in Ballymurphy, west Belfast, in February 2006.

Notarantonio was given his own bail of £500 with two surieties of £750 each yesterday. He had pleaded to having unlawfully fought and made an affray.

Freeing him until his sentencing next month, Mr Justice Stephens told Notarantonio he wanted to “emphasise by granting bail the applicant must not read anything into that and the eventual sentence that will be imposed”.

Notarantonio must live in England and report three times a week to police, and not attempt to contact, either his co-accused, or prosecution witnesses.

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