Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Murder suspect refused leave to return to Ulster

A man charged with murder over an alleged attack near a nightclub has failed to have his ban on entering Northern Ireland lifted.

Francis McCormick (31), accused of killing Trevor Spiers in Portstewart, was ordered to stay in Manchester as part of bail conditions.

His lawyers returned to the High Court seeking to vary release terms, partly due to fears his business may fold. Compassionate grounds were also advanced.

McCormick, of Cappaghmore Manor, Portstewart, is charged with murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray. Mr Spiers (28) died after being allegedly attacked during a night out in Portstewart in December.

Preliminary findings from a post-mortem examination indicated that the victim had suffered injuries consistent with being kicked to the head, the court heard.

But Lord Justice Coghlin refused the application, pointing out that he made it clear McCormick was not to be allowed into the Coleraine or Portstewart areas when bail was first granted.

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