Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Murder accused remanded

A 26-year-old Ballymena man charged with murdering a horse dealer at a party in Coleraine has told a Crown Court judge he is "definitely not guilty" of the charge.

Desmond Andrew Heaney is accused of killing 40-year-old father-of-two Patrick Fleming.

The victim was stabbed at a party in the Hazelbank Road area of the town on May 14 last year.

Heaney, who appeared in Antrim Crown Court sitting in Belfast, denied the murder charge. Appearing alongside Heaney was 28-year-old Kevin Brendan Gilmore, from Alderbrook Gardens in Coleraine, who denied a charge of withholding information about the killing.

As Heaney was led into the dock, a man in the public gallery shouted abuse at the accused. Mr Justice Hart warned that if further remarks were made the public gallery would be cleared.

When the trial comes to court, it is expected to last between four to six weeks.

Following the hearing, Gilmore was released on continuing bail while Heaney was remanded in custody.

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