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Man pleads guilty to Banbridge flat murder

Stabbed: Richard Scullion
Stabbed: Richard Scullion

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Co Down man has been handed a life sentence after he admitted murdering another man in Banbridge last summer.

Despite initially denying that he stabbed Richard Scullion to death last July, a barrister for David Robert Boyd yesterday asked that his client be re-arraigned at Newry Crown Court sitting in Belfast.

When Boyd (29), from Scarva Walk in Banbridge, was charged with murdering Mr Scullion on a date between July 5 and 10, 2018, the accused replied "guilty".

The body of Mr Scullion was discovered in a flat in the Millmount Road area of the Co Down town last July.

The court was told that the 55-year-old victim was found in the kitchen area of the property with two stab wounds to his back.

A tariff hearing will be held on October 11 to determine the minimum prison term Boyd that will serve.

Mr Justice Colton subsequently remanded Boyd into custody until the hearing.

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