A man has denied murdering at a house party another man whose body was later found in the boot of an abandoned car.
Wesley Harry Vance (27), from Church Gate Studios in Comber, Co Down, appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court for a first arraignment hearing.
He pleaded not guilty when the charge of murdering Kyle Neil at a house in Mill Street, Comber, on April 12, 2015, was put to him.
Mr Neil suffered multiple knife wounds in what police called a "frenzied" attack.
His remains were then put in the boot of a Ford Fiesta that was found abandoned in Windsor Road in south Belfast in the early hours of the morning.
A defence barrister told the court: "He does not dispute that he caused Mr Neil's death and it is his case that he acted in self- defence, which he made out at his police interviews."
Also in the dock was co-accused Stephanie Todd, from Russell Court, Belfast.
She is charged with assisting offenders by driving the car with Mr Neil's body in the boot from Mill Street, Comber, to Windsor Road.
The 26-year-old is further accused of driving the car with excess alcohol. She pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Mr Justice Treacy fixed the trial date for May 16 and it is expected to last three weeks.