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Murder accused is refused bail

A man accused of murder has been refused bail because of fears that he would reoffend.

Newtownards Magistrates Court heard that while Paul Bustard (41) admits stabbing Stephen Davidson he says it was in self-defence.

Bustard, from Avonlea Park in Bangor, is accused of murdering Mr Davidson (31) on February 10 this year.

The alleged murderer is also charged with possession of and conspiracy to supply cocaine and threatening to destroy property, namely a chemist shop, the day before the killing.

Yesterday solicitor John Finucane said Bustard should be bailed as the defence is awaiting results of forensic examinations of two mobiles phones.

Refusing the bail application District Judge Mark Hamill said while it was "outrageous" that the two phones weren't given priority, the risk of Bustard reoffending going by his "horrendous record" was too great.

The case was put back until January 7.

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