Belfast Telegraph

Suspect admits beating that killed his uncle, court told

One of two brothers accused of beating their uncle to death allegedly admitted carrying out the attack, the High Court has heard.

But Gerard Gaskin did not intend the assault on Seamus Holland to have fatal consequences, a judge was told.

Mr Holland (55) died in hospital after being apparently battered with a steel bar at his home in Upton Court, west Belfast, last November.

He had sustained a broken arm, nose and shoulder blade, multiple fractures, lacerations to his head and face, and puncture wounds to his arms and legs.

A doctor who carried out the post-mortem examination likened the injuries inflicted on him to those suffered in a serious road traffic accident.

Gerard Gaskin (30) and his brother Daniel (20), both of no fixed address, are each charged with Mr Holland's murder.

The older suspect was seeking temporary bail to attend his child's first day at school.

A Crown lawyer opposed the application due to fears of possible interference with three witnesses to the alleged attack. Bail was refused.

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