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Father in court over son's murder

A 60-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering his only son, with police highlighting a footprint found at the scene as evidence.

Kevin Fletcher, 32, was found stabbed to death at his flat in Castle Street, Armagh, on September 3.

His father, also called Kevin, from Drumarg Park, Armagh, appeared at the magistrates' court in Newry, Co Down, where he was charged with carrying out the murder.

He was released on bail to appear in court again on September 28.

Fletcher, who has short white hair and wore glasses and a white shirt, spoke only to confirm that he understood the charges.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Detective Sergeant Stephen McIntosh said the murdered man suffered several stab wounds and that witnesses reported hearing cries for help from his home.

The police officer told the court that a size eight footwear print was found at the dead man's home which matched shoes sold at a store in Armagh where the accused had shopped.

But the detective later added: "We have not recovered the shoes that match that mark at this time."

The officer said police inquiries are ongoing. Barrister for the accused, Conn O'Neill, said his client has a clear record and has co-operated with detectives.

Police opposed bail, but it was granted with a number of conditions by District Judge Eamon King.

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