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Alleged Belfast killer to ask Judge for holiday permission

By Paul Higgins

An alleged killer will ask permission to be allowed to go on holiday over New Year, his solicitor revealed in court.

A solicitor for 20-year-old Stephen McCann, of Bearnagh Glen in Belfast, told Lisburn Magistrates Court that while she was not applying for the bail variation, she indicated that when the case is mentioned next month, there would be an application.

She revealed that McCann, who was not at court on Thursday, but is on bail accused of the murder of Christopher Meli, will be seeking to have his bail conditions lifted from December 27 to January 11 next year to travel to Lanzarote.

McCann along with 18-year-olds Caolan Laverty and Lee Smyth, all Belfast, are jointly accused of the murder of Christopher Meli on December 12, 2015.

The body of 20-year-old, father-of-one Mr Meli, was discovered on a pathway in the Glasvey Close area of Twinbrook after he had been beaten to death.

Detectives believe up to 20 people were involved in several violent incidents that ended in the murder on grassland known as Doc's Lane, in the early hours of Saturday December 12.

Last month when McCann had other bail conditions varied, the court heard that the PPS are considering chasing eight more people with offences arising from the killing but not specifically what the charges would be.

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