Belfast Telegraph

Murder accused for Maghaberry Prison hospital wing

By Michael Donnelly

A man accused of murdering his own mother is to be moved from a secure mental health unit into custody in the hospital wing of Maghaberry Prison.

Alun Kenny Evans' voluntary detention in a Belfast clinic under a mental health order will not be renewed, North Antrim Magistrates Court was told.

Evans (32), dressed in a jacket and jeans and with a full beard, denies murdering his 69-year-old mother, Margaret 'Margo' Evans.

Mrs Evans was attacked and beaten at the family's Knockancor Drive home in Portstewart on June 4. The well-known retired businesswoman died at the scene.

She ran a successful hair salon in the seaside town for several decades.

Evans was arrested on the day of his mother's murder.

The following day, he was transferred first to Holywell Hospital and then to the secure Shannon Clinic, a secure mental health unit in the Knockbracken Health Care Park in south Belfast, where he has been treated ever since. Evans will next appear before the court via video-link at the end of the month.

Solicitor Andrew Kinney told the court that in the circumstances Evan's bail would have to be revoked with no alternative but to remand him to prison.

He said Evans understood and accepted what was happening.

District Judge Liam McNally heard Evans would be held in the Foyle House hospital wing of Maghaberry, where a special care package will be set up for him.

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