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Philip Strickland murder accused 'not linked by DNA'

By Ashleigh McDonald

A forensic expert has told a jury there is no DNA evidence to connect a farmer accused of murdering Co Down man Philip Strickland to the victim.

Jimmy Seales is accused of murdering Mr Strickland on the Ballydrain Road on the outskirts of Comber on January 11, 2012.

The 56-year old, from Ballykeel Road in Hillsborough, is one of four men accused of the murder but has denied being at the scene.

Earlier yesterday, the expert told Belfast Crown Court he examined areas connected to the murder, including a yard where Mr Strickland was shot in the leg and a blue Citroen where he received a fatal shotgun wound to the face.

The forensic expert also examined clothes worn by Jimmy Seales, including boots, jeans and a grey fleece. Under cross examination by Brian McCartney QC – who is acting on behalf of Seales – the expert confirmed Mr Strickland's DNA was not found on any of the items seized from Seales.

The trial continues.

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