South Belfast man to stand trial over alleyway murder
A man is to stand trial accused of an alleyway killing in Belfast, a judge ruled today.
John Holmes, 32, faces a charge of murdering Stanley McAuley in the east of the city in April last year.
Mr McAuley was found unconscious after being allegedly attacked in the Chamberlain Street area.
The 41-year-old was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Holmes, of Egeria Street, Belfast, appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court alongside another man and a woman accused of connected offences.
Chanel Wilton, 21, of Dunraven Court, Belfast is charged with intending to pervert the course of justice by concealing or disposing of clothing she wore at the time of the murder.
Alan Wilton, 48, of Lord Street in the city, is accused of aiding and abetting in the attempt to pervert the course of justice.
During the preliminary enquiry hearing a prosecution lawyer submitted that all three had a case to answer.
District Judge Noel Dunlop granted her application to have the three accused returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.
The defendants were all released on bail until that hearing gets underway on a date to be fixed.
As part of his conditions Holmes must not enter east Belfast or contact the victim's family.
Curfew and electronic tagging conditions have also been imposed on him.
Belfast Telegraph Digital