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Ian David Price (31), of Talbot Street, Newtownards, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday via video link from prison

Ian David Price (31), of Talbot Street, Newtownards, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday via video link from prison

Ian David Price (31), of Talbot Street, Newtownards, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday via video link from prison

A "life-long friend" of Bangor murder victim Colin Horner has been refused compassionate bail to attend his funeral after police voiced fears of further attacks.

Ian David Price (31), of Talbot Street, Newtownards, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday via video link from prison.

He was seeking bail to attend the funeral of Mr Horner (35), who was shot dead in front of his young son in Bangor last Sunday.

Price's defence barrister Neil Moore said his client and Mr Horner had been "life-long friends" and he wanted to attend the funeral.

Mr Moore said the funeral is due to be on Monday. A prosecutor said bail was objected to.

A police officer said they were opposing bail because of the "ongoing situation in Carrickfergus".

Refusing bail, District Judge Peter King said there was an insufficient "nexus" between Price and Mr Horner and said there are "very serious safety issues" in the case.

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Price is currently facing a number of charges which are not connected to the feud. His case was adjourned on June 7.


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