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Man accused of Stephen Carson shotgun murder in south Belfast refused bail, judge rules

By Alan Erwin

Published 05/05/2016

Murdered: Stephen Carson
Murdered: Stephen Carson

A man accused of a shotgun murder in south Belfast must remain in custody, a judge ruled today.

Michael Smith was refused bail amid claims he has been identified as one of those involved in the killing of Stephen Carson on February 25.

Mr Carson (28) was shot in the head after armed men broke into a house at Walmer Street while he was eating dinner with his partner and nine-year-old son.

He had tried to hide in a bathroom, but the attackers blasted him through the door.

Smith (37) of Ardmonagh Gardens in Belfast, is one of two men to be charged with his murder.

He appeared before the city's Magistrates Court via prison video-link in a bid to secure bail.

Opposing his release, an investigating detective raised the issue of a possible ongoing feud.

He also referred to an identification procedure where the victim's partner allegedly picked out Smith.

A defence lawyer challenged how that process was conducted.

However, District Judge Ken Nixon denied bail due to the risk of any further offences.

He remanded Smith in continuing custody to appear again on June 2.

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