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Two men on north Belfast murder charge are remanded in custody

BY ALAN ERWIN

Two men have been remanded in custody accused of carrying out a killing in north Belfast.

Louis Maguire and Christopher Power appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday jointly charged with murdering Eamonn Ferguson.

The 35-year-old victim was found dead at Maguire's Ardoyne Place home early on Saturday morning.

Friends and relatives of Mr Ferguson packed the public gallery as the two accused were brought into the dock.

There was a brief angry outburst as Maguire (26) appeared to smile in their direction.

Both he and Power, a 31-year-old Co Offaly man of no fixed address, deny involvement in the killing.

Neither accused sought bail during the brief hearing.

Power's lawyer Dennis Boyd revealed his client was interviewed 22 times over four days.

Under cross-examination a detective involved in the murder investigation confirmed the defendant continued to deny the allegation against him.

The court heard that after being charged Power replied: "I have nothing to do with this murder."

Maguire's solicitor Michael Madden said he also refuted the charge. Mr Madden said his client would not be seeking bail as he felt unable to return to the house where his friend was killed.

Both accused were remanded in custody to appear again in four weeks' time.

Meanwhile, the PSNI last night released an image of Mr Ferguson along with an appeal for a missing jacket linked to their inquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway urged anyone with information about the murder to come forward to police.

"The manner of Eamonn's death has been extremely difficult for his family to bear," he said.

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