Man charged with murder of Kayden McGuinness (3) abused in court
There were emotional scenes in a Londonderry court yesterday after a man was charged with murdering a three-year-old boy.
Liam Whoriskey, a waiter from Glenabbey Gardens, is accused of murdering Kayden McGuinness in a flat in Colmcille Court in the Bogside area of the city on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
The 23-year-old defendant, who made no reply to the charge, was verbally abused by a small group of people, mainly women.
Some wept as the PSNI van transporting Whoriskey from the city's Strand Road police station arrived at the Bishop Street courthouse.
Extra police officers were present in the Magistrates Court for the remand hearing, including a member of the family liaison unit.
Additional PSNI officers were also on duty in the foyer immediately outside the courtroom, where members of Kayden's family had gathered prior to the court hearing.
A detective sergeant in the PSNI's Serious Crimes Branch told District Judge Barney McElholm that he believed he could connect the defendant to the murder charge.
Whoriskey, who was represented by defence barrister Eoghan Devlin, spoke only to confirm that he understood the charge he faced.
No details of the case were heard.
Mr Devlin told the district judge that he was not making a bail application at present but he said one would be made in the coming weeks.
The defendant was remanded in custody to appear before the same court for a video-link hearing on July 5.
As he was taken into the custody cells, Whoriskey was again subjected to verbal abuse from relatives of the victim.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old woman who was also arrested in relation to the alleged murder was released earlier this week pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.