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Body-in-boot murder: 3,000 pages of evidence in case against Kyle Neil's alleged 'killer and accomplice'

By Paul Higgins

Defence lawyers in a murder case have been given a week to read more than 3,000 pages of evidence.

Alleged killer Wesley Harry Vance (26) and his girlfriend Stephanie Todd (25) had been due to face Crown Court trial over the death of Belfast man Kyle Neil, who was stabbed to death at a party in Co Down in April.

Vance, from Church Gate Studios in Comber, is charged with the murder of Mr Neil, a 23-year-old father, whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast on 12 April.

Todd, from Russell Court on Claremont Street in South Belfast, is accused of driving Wesley Harry Vance and the body of Kyle Neil "away from the scene" in order to impede Vance's "apprehension, arrest or prosecution". She is also charged with drink driving.

Mr Neil, who was from the Ballysillan area in north Belfast, died following a "frenzied" knife attack in Comber before his remains were bundled into the back of a car and driven to Belfast.

It is understood a party had been under way at an address on Mill Street in the early hours of when the incident took place.

Today Deputy District Judge Neil Rafferty granted an application by defence lawyers Conor Holmes and Conan Wray for the scheduled Preliminary Enquiry to be put back for a week, as they needed time to read through the three files of evidence and statements which amount to more than 3,000 pages.

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