Belfast Telegraph

Belfast feud killing accused is denied bail in High Court

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of taking part in a feud-related killing in south Belfast must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled.

David Smith (34) was refused bail on a charge of murdering Stephen Carson at a house in Walmer Street in February 2016.

The 28-year-old victim was shot in the head after armed men broke into the property while he was with his partner and nine-year-old son. Mr Carson tried to hide in a bathroom, but the attackers blasted him through the door with a shotgun.

Smith, of Monagh Drive in Belfast, is one of two men charged with the murder.

A previous court was told the killing has been linked to a dispute stretching back to 2010.

Opposing Smith's latest bid to get out of custody, prosecution counsel claimed there were concerns around the previous feud and alleged intimidation.

Defence lawyers argued that the application should be granted due to delays in the case.

Denying bail, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan cited the risk of potential further offences.

Belfast Telegraph

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