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Pauline Carmichael murder: Ex-soldier to stand trial accused of killing Antrim woman and dumping her body in Lough Neagh

Published 17/11/2015

Pauline Carmichael
Pauline Carmichael
Alan Foster is accused of the murder of County Antrim woman Pauline Carmichael. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

An ex-soldier has been ordered to stand trial accused of murdering Pauline Carmichael, whose body was dumped in Lough Neagh.

Alan Norman Foster, 37, is the son of Ms Carmichael's partner.

He allegedly told friends he was "going to throw her off the bridge" after she called police to eject him from their home.

Foster appeared before Antrim Magistrates' Court today charged with her murder in February, which he denies.

Ms Carmichael, a mother and grandmother who was originally from Ballyclare but had been living in Antrim, went missing from the property she shared with her alleged killer on February 23, sparking a widespread police search.

Police officers using sniffer dogs had been scouring the area around the Six Mile River and her body was recovered around a mile from her home at Antrim's Lough Shore Park.

Detective Constable Beattie revealed that a driver who was crossing the Belmont Bridge close to Ms Carmichael's home saw a man matching Foster's description "throwing a body over the railings of the bridge" while a second driver "saw a male throwing an object which appeared to be red in colour over the bridge."

He added that it was only when the witnesses saw media reports of the pensioner's disappearance that they "put two and two together" and reported their observations to police.

Foster will remain in custody until the next hearing on December 15.

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