Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Thomas Devlin accused had ‘no comment’ on boy’s death

A man accused of murdering a 15-year-old schoolboy, Thomas Devlin, replied “no comment” when asked directly by police if he felt guilty about the death, a jury has heard.

Belfast’s Crown Court jury heard transcripts of interviews police conducted with Nigel James Brown (26) in March 2006, six months after Thomas Devlin was killed and his friend Jonathan McKee was stabbed and beaten with a baton on Belfast’s Somerton Road, in August 10 2005.

Along with Gary Taylor (23), also from north Belfast, Brown denies murdering the teenager, attempting to murder Mr McKee and a further charge of attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm.

The jury heard that during interviews conducted on March 17 2006, police put to him: “This was a vicious, brutal attack and you were there, do you remember it? That's where a 15-year-old boy ceased to live... do you feel guilty about that? Did you plunge that knife into that child's body?”

Brown said: “No comment.”

At hearing.

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