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Knife used in murder still not found, police tell court

Detectives have not yet found the weapon used to stab a man to death in east Belfast, a court has heard.

The man charged with murdering Richard Hicking has also admitted no crime, his lawyer said.

Robert Scott (35), of Clarawood House, Clara Way, Belfast, was remanded in custody to appear again later this month. He is accused of murdering 31-year-old Mr Hicking.

The victim's body was found in a flat in nearby Clarawood Park on Saturday.

As Scott appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court a detective constable said he could connect him with the murder charge.

Defence solicitor Pat Kelly said his client “made no admissions whatsoever in respect of any criminality”.

It was accepted that post-mortem tests indicated Mr Hicking died as a result of stab wounds.

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The officer also agreed when Mr Kelly asked him: “Can you confirm no murder weapon has been recovered by the police?”

Scott was remanded into custody for a two-week period.

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