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David Lyness in court over murder of Lurgan woman Anita Downey

By Rebecca Black

A 51-year-old man has appeared before Lisburn Magistrates Court charged with the murder of Anita Downey in Lurgan.

David Lyness (51) of Toberhewny Hall, Lurgan spoke just once during the Monday afternoon hearing to indicate that he understood the single charge of murder that he was facing.

A detective told the court he believed he could connect the accused to the charge. There was no application for bail.

Magistrate Fiona Bagnall remanded Lyness in custody. He is due to appear before Craigavon Magistrates Court via video link on February 10.

Ms Downey was found dead at an address on Toberhewny Hall in Lurgan last week.

The PSNI launched a murder inquiry on Friday.

Lyness was charged with her murder on Sunday.

A number of members of Ms Downey's family were in court for the hearing. They appeared visibly upset and did not wish to comment to the media.

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