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Murdered dad stabbed in the heart, trial hears

A man has claimed he saw an alleged killer stab his victim “up around his heart” before he fell to the ground.

Colm Thomas told Belfast Crown Court that Martin Murray (23) was hanging out of the back door of a taxi when he swung a knife at Eamonn Hughes (49), |stabbing him in the chest.

Mr Thomas said Mr Hughes was very close to him and he saw Martin Murray “hit him with the knife up around here (pointing to his chest) and then Eamonn sort of fell and the car drove off”.

Mr Hughes, a father-of-three, was walking home from his daughter's 18th birthday party in Dungannon in September 2008 when he was killed.

Alongside Murray in the dock accused of the murder are his cousin Liam Murray (24) from Windmill Court, 24-year-old Kevin Toye from Windmill Court, both in Dungannon, and William McDonagh (25) from Kew Gardens in Ballymena.

All four also deny attempting to murder Martina Donaghy and her daughter Emma, who were ran over by the taxi as they tended to the stricken Mr Hughes, and one charge of affray.

The trial continues.

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