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Body-in-boot murder: Kyle Neil stabbed 200 times during drunken house party row, court hears

By John Cassidy

Published 28/06/2016

Victim Kyle Neil
Victim Kyle Neil

A Belfast man was stabbed 200 times during a drunken row at a house party, a court has heard.

The body of Kyle Neil was found in the boot of a car owned by Hugh Wesley Vance which was driven to south Belfast by his girlfriend Stephanie Todd.

Vance, 27, formerly of Church Gate studios in Comber, Co Down, pleaded guilty last month to the murder on the day his trial was due to start.

Stephanie Todd, 26, of Russell Court in Belfast, pleaded guilty to obstructing police and driving with excess alcohol.

A charge of assisting offender was left on the books and "not to be proceeded with without the leave of the Crown Court or the Court of Appeal''.

Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, heard today that a post mortem examination on Mr Neil's body revealed the extent of his injuries.

Prosecution counsel Liam McCollum QC told Mr Justice Colton that the victim sustained between 40 to 50 stab wounds to his face and neck, 64 knife wounds to his chest, 52 stab injuries to his back, trunk, neck, and further wounds to his hand which were described as "defensive'' injuries.

As the details of his injuries were revealed to the court, several family relatives broke down in the public gallery a woman had to be escorted from the court in floods of tears.

Mr McCollum QC told the court the murder took place in Vance's second floor apartment where a house party had taken place.

The lawyer said the defendant claimed at police interview that he had acted in self defence after a row broke out between him and Mr Neil after he had asked the victim to leave his flat.

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