Belfast Telegraph

Face of accused in killing of ex-teacher Robert Flowerday

By Nevin Farrell

A 33-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of murdering retired Co Antrim maths teacher Robert Flowerday.

Mr Flowerday's body was found in Crumlin at the weekend.

Michael Gerard Owens of Lisburn Road, Glenavy, Co Antrim, is charged with murdering the 64-year-old on Sunday.

The defendant also faces a second charge of burglary at Mr Flowerday's home at Mill Road, Crumlin, on December 6 last year, when he was accused of stealing £100.

He appeared in the dock wearing handcuffs and dressed in grey tracksuit bottoms and a grey top.

A police officer told Ballymena Magistrates Court she believed she could connect the accused to the charges.

The defendant said he understood the charges.

A prosecutor asked for the defendant to be remanded in custody.

A defence lawyer said he had "no contrary submissions" and did not apply for bail. District Judge Peter King remanded the accused in custody to appear at Antrim Magistrates Court via video-link on February 27.

Mr Flowerday (64), who previously taught at Antrim Grammar School, was a highly respected member of the Crumlin community.

He was last seen on his bicycle travelling to his Mill Road home after attending a service at Dundrod Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

Antrim Grammar principal Jenny Lendrum said: "Mr Flowerday was a teacher in Antrim Grammar School from 1978 to 2004 and during that time he touched so many lives in his role as teacher, colleague and friend."

On Tuesday night hundreds of people turned out in Crumlin for a vigil in memory of Mr Flowerday.

He was described by local people as a "true gentleman".

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Dickson has appealed for anyone who saw or spoke with Mr Flowerday at any time over the weekend, or anyone who was in his company, to come forward to police.

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