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Man denies Richard Scullion murder as trial date set

Mr Justice Colton set the trial date for September 23 and Boyd was remanded back into custody (stock photo)
Mr Justice Colton set the trial date for September 23 and Boyd was remanded back into custody (stock photo)

By John Cassidy

A Co Down man is to stand trial later this year over a murder in Banbridge last July.

Richard Scullion (55) was found dead with two stab wounds to his back in a house in the town's Millmount Court.

Defendant David Robert Boyd (29), of Scarva Walk in Banbridge, appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday to be arraigned over the murder.

He pleaded "not guilty" to murdering Mr Scullion "on a date unknown between July 5, 2018 and July 10, 2018".

Prosecution barrister Fiona O'Kane told Mr Justice Colton there were around 40 witnesses in the case. She said the trial is expected to last up to two weeks.

Defence counsel Patrick Little QC said the "only issue outstanding is in respect of the defendant's mental capacity at the time of this offence".

Mr Justice Colton set the trial date for September 23 and Boyd was remanded back into custody.

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