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Man charged with murder of Ian Ogle remanded in custody after court appearance

Murdered man Ian Ogle's family and friends leaving Belfast's Laganside Courts this morning. Photo By Justin Kernoghan
Murdered man Ian Ogle's family and friends leaving Belfast's Laganside Courts this morning. Photo By Justin Kernoghan
Ian Ogle died after being beaten and stabbed 11 times in the back near his home

By Alan Erwin

A 40-year-old man was remanded in custody today accused of murdering Belfast community worker Ian Ogle.

Mark Sewell appeared before the city's Magistrates Court after being charged by detectives investigating the killing.

Mr Ogle, 45, was beaten and stabbed 11 times by up to five men shortly after praying with a pastor near his Cluan Place home in east Belfast on January 27.

Police have linked the killing to a long-running feud between the victim's family and others in the area.

Sewell, of Aigburth Park in Belfast, is the third man to be charged with the murder.

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Ian Ogle died after being beaten and stabbed 11 times in the back near his home

Friends and relatives of the victim, including his widow Vera and children, packed the public gallery for the accused's appearance.

Flanked by prison guards, he was led into the dock in handcuffs.

Asked if he understood the murder charge against him, Sewell replied: "Yes."

A detective sergeant involved in the investigation said he could connect Sewell to the alleged offence.

With no questions put to the detective during the brief hearing, defence solicitor Andrew Russell confirmed his client was not seeking bail at this stage.

Deputy District Judge Liam McStay remanded Russell in custody to appear again by video link next week.

Meanwhile, police said the accused is also to be reported to the Public Prosecution Service for alleged attempted intimidation.

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