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New forensics lead to arrest 20 years after OAP's murder

New forensic findings led to a man being charged with the murder of a Belfast pensioner more than 20 years ago, a court heard yesterday.

Samuel Dunwoody was arrested in Birmingham on Monday as part of a fresh investigation into the killing of Margaret Telford.

The 68-year-old victim was found strangled in her Twaddell Avenue home in February 1988.

Dunwoody (51) is originally from Belfast but has an address at High Tower, Birmingham, West Midlands.

A detective inspector told Belfast Magistrates Court he could connect him with the murder charge.

The officer also confirmed to defence solicitor Billy McNulty that a review of the evidence in the case led to a new forensic finding.

No application for bail was made during the hearing.

Dunwoody was remanded in custody to appear again by video link in December.

Earlier this week the PSNI revealed that it had made an arrest in |the case as part of a renewed investigation.

Nobody has previously been brought before the courts for the murder.

The case was reopened this year after a review was carried out by PSNI detectives.

Officers travelled to Birmingham on Monday morning and with the assistance of West Midlands Police, arrested Dunwoody in the Aston area of the city.

He was questioned at Antrim Serious Crime Suite before a decision was taken to charge him. The case is still at an early stage.

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