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Police hunt after murder accused goes on the run

By Cate McCurry

A manhunt has been launched after a window cleaner accused of murder went on the run.

Richard Dalzell (36) is charged with murdering 54-year-old Mark Lamont in Coleraine last year.

The PSNI said they are trying to locate the 36-year-old of Whinpark Road in Newtownards.

Detective Sergeant Alan Adair said: "Police are aware that a 36-year-old man, accused of the murder of Mark Lamont in Coleraine in September last year has breached his bail conditions.

"Officers are currently taking all appropriate and proportionate steps to ascertain his whereabouts, including liaising with his solicitor.

"We have also informed Mark Lamont's family of the situation, as well as the PPS.

"I would appeal for anyone with any information to contact police on 101."

In February Mr Dalzell breached his bail conditions after drinking alcohol.

He had been out for the meal to mark the 15th anniversary of meeting his partner.

He was brought before Antrim Magistrates Court where his lawyer admitted the breach.

CCTV showed Dalzell on licensed premises, which was described by the defence lawyer as a bistro.

The officer said that till receipts showed wine and beer was bought by the couple.

When arrested, Dalzell said: "It was just a bit of lunch."

The officer said police had objected to bail from the start and said the original incident was "alcohol-fuelled".

A prosecutor said at the time that there was a real risk of further offences.

The defence lawyer said Dalzell's partner had invited him out for the meal to mark their 15th anniversary.

The lawyer said Dalzell is making the case that he was acting in self-defence during the Coleraine incident.

Mr Lamont, a father-of-three, died on October 11, 2016 following an incident at Ballycastle Road the month before.

A previous court hearing was told that Dalzell launched a fatal attack on him during a street fight. He died in hospital two weeks later.

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