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Northern Irish soldier who died at Tern Hill barracks to be laid to rest

By Chris Kilpatrick

A Northern Irish soldier killed at an Army base in England will be buried with full military honours.

Police launched a murder investigation after the discovery of the body of Royal Irish Regiment soldier Corporal Geoffrey McNeill.

The 32-year-old was found dead at Tern Hill barracks, near Market Drayton in Shropshire, last month.

No details regarding the circumstances of Mr McNeill's death have been released. Another soldier has been accused of killing Mr McNeill.

The corporal's funeral will take place at Ballywillan Presbyterian Church in Portrush tomorrow.

Mr McNeill was born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, and grew up in nearby Coleraine. He was a past pupil of Coleraine Boys' Secondary School.

The accused, Lance Corporal Richard Farrell (23), appeared before Wolverhampton Crown Court last month.

The 23-year-old is understood to have been arrested about two hours after the body of Corporal McNeill – who was in the same battalion as Farrell – was discovered.

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