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Accused denies murdering man

A man has denied carrying out a brutal murder in Londonderry in which the victim was beaten to death with a weapon.

Standing in the dock of Derry Crown Court in a grey sports top and jeans, well built and bald 46-year-old Paul Greatbanks pleaded not guilty to murdering Patrick Harkin on February 2 last year.

Greatbanks also denied attempting to murder Paul Mythen on the same date.

The body of 49-year-old Mr Harkin, originally from the Creggan area of the city, was found in a flat at Bayview Terrace in Derry at around 1.30am after he sustained fatal head wounds, most likely from a hammer, while 40-year-old Mr Mythen, a well-known film-maker and musician, also sustained serious head wounds.

Yesterday lawyers for the prosecution and defence told the court, sitting in Belfast, they were “striving” to be ready for the trial date on November 26.

Mr Justice Weir told them however to “be in no doubt” that the trial, set to last up to a month, will go ahead.

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