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Accused claims real killer died in police cell at Musgrave Street PSNI station

By Paul Higgins

A man accused of battering a drinking partner to death has claimed another man who died in police custody was responsible for the killing, a judge has heard.

District Judge Mark Hamill was told 30-year-old Alan Peter Irvine claimed George Gray (52) was killed by Joseph McVeigh.

However, 34-year-old Mr McVeigh died suddenly in a police cell at Musgrave Street PSNI station three days after he had been arrested for the murder.

Irvine, from Rosebery Gardens in east Belfast, is charged with the murder of Mr Gray on August 31, 2012.

Yesterday a detective constable told a failed bail application at Newtownards Magistrates Court how police were called to Mr Gray's Cregagh Road flat, also in the east of the city, after a family member found his body in the living room.

The officer said Irvine was connected to the scene by CCTV and forensic evidence, coupled with telecommunication data evidence.

Judge Hamill subsequently remanded Irvine back into custody to appear again on February 18 via video-link.

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