The cousin of a former Irish League footballer has appeared in court charged with his murder.
John Stanley Foster is charged with murdering well-known sportsman and father David Mills on Sunday.
A young woman wept in court as Foster (30), from Carrigvale, Dundrum, Co Down, indicated he understood the charge at Newtownards Magistrates Court yesterday. His solicitor said he would not be lodging a bail application. Foster is due to appear at Downpatrick court via video-link on October 25.
Tributes poured in for Mr Mills (right) after he passed away in hospital on Sunday morning.
Portadown FC was among a number of sports clubs to post tributes on websites or social media sites. Mr Mills made nearly 150 appearances for the Co Armagh side during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The 47-year-old played for the Ports when they won their first Irish League Championship in 1990, and lifted the double a year later. He later managed his local side, Drumaness Mills FC.