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Edward Meenan murder accused Sean Rodgers' bail application refused

Fatally stabbed: Edward Meenan
Fatally stabbed: Edward Meenan

By George Jackson

One of three men accused of killing a man in Londonderry has put forward a bail address of a house which had previously been occupied by another murder victim, a court has heard.

Edward Meenan (52) died as a result of sustaining over 40 stab wounds in a house in the Little Diamond area of Londonderry last November.

Sean Rodgers (31), from Little Diamond, who has been in custody since last November charged with Mr Meenan's murder, made a bail application at the city's magistrates court yesterday.

A detective involved in the murder investigation said the bail address in Clogher, Co Tyrone, put forward by the applicant had previously been used by Pat Ward.

Mr Ward (30) a father of four and a member of the travelling community, was murdered on February 9.

"It would be wholly insensitive to release someone charged with murder to that address," the officer told District Judge Barney McElholm.

Opposing the bail application, the detective said he believed the applicant would commit further offences.

He also said he believed the applicant would be a flight risk if freed on bail.

He said police further believed that the applicant, whom he said had an extensive history of violent offences, would interfere with other witnesses.

In an update into the murder investigation, the police witness said 10 reports had been received and that three further reports were due at the end of next month.

He also said that CCTV footage placed the applicant near the murder scene.

The detective said police had also received a verbal report following a forensic examination of a fire in the rear of the home of the applicant's mother.

That report stated that a piece of white material, which is believed to be from the deceased and with his blood on it, had been recovered.

Applying for bail, solicitor Seamus Quigley said despite Rodgers' record, there was very little evidence against him in the murder case.

However, the District Judge said the verbal report into the fire meant that "at the very least Rodgers appears to be an accessory after the fact".

He described the applicant as "clearly a violent man" and said that he would be failing in his duty to the public to release him on bail.

Bail was refused and the applicant was remanded in continuing custody until June 13.

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