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Body-in-boot murder: Kyle Neil's friend admits role in 'frenzied' knife killing - but says he acted in fear

Defendant Wesley Vance's solicitor says death will hang over him for the rest of his life

Published 14/04/2015

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
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.
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.

A 26-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with murdering a man whose body was found in the boot of a car.

Wesley Harry Vance from Church Gate Studios in Comber, Co Down appeared before a sitting of Newtownards Magistrates' Court this morning.

Kyle Neil
Kyle Neil

Twenty-three-year-old Kyle Neil was stabbed multiple times before his body was put into the boot of a blue Ford Fiesta which was found in South Belfast on Sunday morning.

Vance, who was brought into the dock handcuffed to a prison guard, spoke twice to confirm his identity and that he understood the single murder charge against him.

Defence solicitor Denis Moloney told the court Vance had admitted his part in the alleged knife attack during police interviews but claimed he had acted in fear of his life.

He said: "The defendant made full, frank, clear and open admissions with regards to his involvement in this tragedy."

There was no application for bail.

Mr Moloney added: "The defendant has made it absolutely clear that he knows the family of the deceased who was a friend.

"This will hang over him like the sword of Damocles for the rest of his life."

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