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Man accused of killing his uncle denied bail

Two men accused of beating their uncle to death allegedly told witnesses to wait 15 minutes before phoning an ambulance, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors disclosed that the injuries inflicted on Seamus Holland, apparently with a steel bar, have been likened to those suffered in a serious road accident.

He died in hospital after being attacked at his home in Upton Court, west Belfast, last November.

His nephews Daniel Gaskin (20) and Gerard Gaskin (29), both of no fixed address, are each charged with his murder. A bail application by the younger suspect yesterday was refused due to the risk of interference with witnesses.

A Crown lawyer said violence flared at the victim's home after the two accused arrived there early on November 21. It was claimed Gerard Gaskintook Mr Holland into the kitchen away from those in the house and attacked him. Daniel Gaskin then allegedly joined in the attack.

Minutes later the Gaskin brothers left, telling the others to wait 15 minutes before phoning an ambulance and to say they had not been present, it was claimed.

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