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Man pleads not guilty to east Belfast murder

By Ashleigh McDonald

A 33-year-old man has denied the murder of a man found unconscious in an alleyway near his east Belfast home in April last year.

John Edward Hugh Holmes, from Egeria Street in the city, pleaded not guilty to murdering Stanley McAuley when he appeared in Belfast Crown Court.

Two other people appeared alongside Holmes in the dock on charges arising from the murder of the 41-year-old.

Chanel Wilton (21) from Dunraven Court in Belfast was charged with trying to pervert the course of justice, namely that she concealed or disposed of clothing which was worn by her at the time of Mr McAuley's murder.

Alan Wilton (48) from Lord Street was charged with helping Wilton try to conceal the clothing. Both denied the charges.

Mr McAuley was found unconscious in an alleyway at Chamberlain Street in the early hours of Sunday, April 14, 2013 after police responded to reports of a serious assault. Despite being rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Mr McAuley died as a result of his injuries.

All three accused will be standing trial later this year.

They were all released on continuing bail.

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