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Man on trial accused of murdering his fiancee

A man is to stand trial charged with murdering his fiancee on the day they were due to get married, a judge has ruled.

Paul Stockman (54), is accused of killing Patricia Bardon, his partner of five years, at the apartment they shared in south Belfast last August.

He denies the charge, with a court told earlier this week that Stockman claimed 51-year-old Ms Bardon's injuries were caused by falling off the toilet.

During a preliminary inquiry hearing yesterday Stockman, of Elm Court in the city, spoke only to confirm he understood the charge against him.

Stockman also declined to give evidence or call any witnesses in response to the charge.

A Public Prosecution Service lawyer argued before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday that there was a case to answer.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted the application to have Stockman returned for Crown Court trial.

She also agreed to certify for two defence barristers to represent the accused.

Stockman was remanded back into custody until his case comes up for hearing.

Belfast Telegraph