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Accused ‘tried to stab Thomas Devlin's pal’


Brutal murder: Thomas Devlin

Brutal murder: Thomas Devlin

Brutal murder: Thomas Devlin

One of the men charged with trying to kill murdered schoolboy Thomas Devlin's friend allegedly tried to stab him in the back as well as the stomach, a jury has heard.

Belfast Crown Court heard that when senior forensic scientist Andrew Davidson examined the rucksack Jonathan McKee had on his back he found a stabbed cut on the bag which had also pierced a tin of pink spray paint inside.

The jury have already heard that on the night he was killed, 15-year-old Thomas had asked his friend to carry the bag.

In the dock charged with murdering the schoolboy on August 10 2005, attempting to murder 22-year-old Mr McKee and attempting to cause him grievous bodily harm are north Belfast men Nigel James Brown (26) from the Whitewell Road and Gary Taylor (23) from Mountcollyer Avenue.

Brown has already pleaded guilty to a single count of trying to cause grievous bodily harm to Mr McKee and it is the Crown case that Brown was armed with a wooden bat while Taylor is alleged to have had a knife.

Thomas, Mr McKee and another friend Fintan Maguire were attacked by two men walking a dog just before midnight as they walked along the Somerton Road in north Belfast.

Reading Mr Davidson's statement to the jury, prosecuting QC Toby Hedworth described how the rucksack had been examined for DNA amid reports that Taylor had grabbed it when he allegedly stabbed Mr McKee but that none was found. The scientist also examined clothing from Thomas and Mr McKee and said that both were heavily bloodstained, but only DNA from the victims was found on their garments.

Belfast Telegraph