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Murder accused Dalzell back in jail after breaking bail by having a drink

By Staff reporter

A window cleaner accused of murder is back in prison after breaching his bail conditions by drinking when he went out for a celebratory steak dinner.

Richard Dalzell, from Newtownards, who was remanded in custody yesterday, had been out for the meal to mark the 15th anniversary of meeting his partner.

Dalzell is charged with murdering 54-year-old Mark Lamont in Coleraine last year.

The 35-year-old, of Whinpark Road, Newtownards, was on bail which included an alcohol ban and a ban from licensed premises.

He was brought before Antrim Magistrates' Court yesterday where his lawyer admitted the breach.

A detective sergeant told the court that police had received information on Monday that Dalzell was in licensed premises at Regent Street in Newtownards.

CCTV showed Dalzell on the premises, which was described by the defence lawyer as a bistro, at 5.30pm on Sunday.

The officer said that till receipts showed wine and beer was bought by the couple.

When arrested, Dalzell said: "It was just a bit of lunch."

The officer said police had objected to bail from the start and said the original incident was "alcohol-fuelled".

A prosecutor said there was a real risk of further offences.

The defence lawyer said Dalzell's partner had invited him out for the meal to mark their 15th anniversary.

The lawyer said Dalzell is making the case that he was acting in self-defence during the Coleraine incident.

Refusing bail, District Judge Peter King said he accepted it was not the most outrageous breach, but against that he was on bail for the most serious matter.

The case was adjourned to February 13.

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