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Brothers charged with east Belfast murder get bail to see sick relative in hospice


Murdered: Matthew Goddard

Murdered: Matthew Goddard

Murdered: Matthew Goddard

Two brothers charged with a Christmas Eve murder in east Belfast are to be temporarily released from custody to visit a sick relative.

William and James Turner are both accused of killing Matthew Goddard, who was found dead at his house on Chobham Street.

Police said the 41-year-old victim had been beaten with his own electric guitar.

Murder charges have been brought against William Turner (35) of Glenlea Grove, and James Turner (29) from Dunraven Court - both in Belfast - and a third man, Christian Walker (25) of Ribble Street in the city.

The two brothers also face a further charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Gareth Grattan in a separate incident on December 23.

At Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday they were both granted compassionate bail to visit a relative at a hospice in the city.

William Turner is to be released between 11am and 3pm today, on condition that he remains in the company of a surety and has no contact with any witnesses. If he complies and returns to prison his brother will be temporarily released under matching terms and for the same period tomorrow.

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