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Murder accused’s bail terms include ban from Northern Ireland until trial

A man charged with murder over an alleged attack outside a nightclub has been banned from Northern Ireland as part of High Court bail conditions.

Francis McCormick, who is accused of killing Trevor Spiers in Portstewart, Co Londonderry, was told he must stay at an address in Manchester. A judge also ordered a £10,000 cash surety to be lodged before the 31-year-old suspect can be released.

McCormick, of Cappaghmore Manor, Portstewart, is charged with murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.

Conditions were imposed as prosecutors revealed that the victim's brain has been retained for further examination.

Mr Spiers (28) died after being allegedly attacked while he was enjoying a night out in the coastal town on December 12. Crown counsel Fiona O'Kane said he had gone to Bar 7 with friends. It was alleged one of them was approached and assaulted by McCormick when he went outside for a cigarette. According to the prosecution Mr Spiers, a local man, intervened and was then knocked to the ground.

A number of eye-witnesses reported seeing a man kicking and punching another man on the ground, although McCormick was not picked out at identity parades.

Mrs O'Kane said the investigation was ongoing with police still hoping to arrest one known suspect. Three other men are currently facing affray charges.

Belfast Telegraph