Murderer takes case to London
A man jailed for killing a father as he walked home from his daughter's 18th birthday party is to seek to go before the UK's highest court in a bid to overturn his murder conviction.
Martin Murray is serving a minimum 18-year sentence for the fatal knife attack on Eamonn Hughes in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, seven years ago.
Senior judges in Belfast yesterday refused leave for an appeal.
But Murray's legal team confirmed they will now petition directly for a hearing in London, arguing it involves a point of law of general public importance.
Their challenge centres around claims he was denied a fair trial because the judge, who sat without a jury, had also been exposed to previous convictions at earlier bail hearings.
Murray (28), and formerly of Windmill Drive, Dungannon, was among four men jailed for offences connected to the killing in September 2008.
Mr Hughes was stabbed in the chest following the birthday celebrations at a local club.
Solicitor Ciaran Toner, of Finucane Toner law firm, said: "We are going to directly petition the Supreme Court as we believe there is a point of public importance."