Belfast Telegraph

Court remands murder charge teen in custody

by George Jackson

A teenager has been remanded in custody after he appeared before the Magistrates' Court in Londonderry yesterday charged with the murder of Karol Kelly.

Mr Kelly, a 35-year-old father of five, was stabbed to death in the early hours of last Sunday outside a house in Grafton Street in the Rosemount area of the city.

On Wednesday, brothers Gary and Sean Anderson, both from Grafton Street, appeared in the same court jointly charged with Mr Kelly's murder.

They too were remanded in custody following disturbances in the courtroom during their appearances.

Before the youth, who was dressed in a grey track suit, appeared in court yesterday, members of the public were asked to leave the courtroom by District Judge Barney McElholm.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, spoke only to confirm that he understood the charge and to confirm his name, address and his date of birth. He sat outside the dock accompanied by a uniformed police officer and close to his mother and grandmother.

A detective inspector told the district judge that she could connect the defendant to the murder charge.

Defence barrister Ciaran Roddy said he had no questions in relation to the connection of the defendant and said no bail application was being made.

The defendant was remanded in custody until March 29 for a video-link appearance.

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