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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

Published 16/07/2015

Wesley Vance is charged with the murder of Kyle Neil. Stephanie Todd is accused of driving his body away from the murder scene.
Wesley Vance is charged with the murder of Kyle Neil. Stephanie Todd is accused of driving his body away from the murder scene.
Kyle Neil
Stephanie Todd arriving in a police vehicle at Newtownards Courthouse
Stephanie Todd arriving in a police vehicle at Newtownards Courthouse
26-year-old Wesley Vance arriving handcuffed in a police prison van at Newtownards Courthouse. He is charged with murdering north Belfast man Kyle Neil
Kyle Neill whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast on Sunday
Forensics officers remove a car from Mill Road in Comber during the investigation into the murder of Kyle Neill whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast on Sunday
Officers searching surrounding area of Mill road in Comber
Police officers removing a bin from the scene at an apartment block on the Mill road in Comber, Co Down in relation to a body found in a car in south Belfast. Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Stephanie Todd arriving in a police vehicle at Newtownards Courthouse
Police forensics officers examine the car in which the body of a man was discovered in Windsor Road, south Belfast, yesterday
Forensic officers at Church Gate studios in Comber
Photo issued by PSNI of a Ford Fiesta, after a Kyle Neil was found dead in the boot of the car.

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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