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Teen accused of Meli death is held over bail breach

By Paul Higgins

A teenager accused of the murder of Christopher Meli has been remanded into custody after he breached bail conditions.

Lisburn Magistrates Court heard that the 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, breached curfew conditions as well as a ban on alcohol.

Defence solicitor Paul McCrudden said the breaches were accepted and that he was not reapplying for the teenager to be released.

The defendant, along with 18-year-olds Lee Smyth, from Colinbrook Gardens, and Stephen McCann, from Bearnagh Glen, in Belfast, are accused of the murder of Mr Meli in December 2015.

The body of 20-year-old Meli was discovered in Twinbrook after he had been beaten to death. He was a father-of-one.

Detectives believe up to 20 people were involved in a number of violent incidents that ended in the murder on grassland known as Doc's Lane, in the early hours of Saturday December 12.

District Judge Rosie Watters remanded the 17 year-old into custody to appear again on April 3.

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