A couple allegedly involved in a murder want to drink alcohol at an Eleventh Night bonfire, a court has heard.
Lawyers for alleged killer Timothy Walker (39) and his partner Natalie Brannigan (38) lodged bail variation applications at Newtownards Magistrates Court, seeking to have their curfews and alcohol prohibition lifted on July 11 and 12 - but police objected.
Walker, from Abbey Ring in Holywood, is on bail accused of the murder of Denis Shearer and with aggravated burglary, where he was allegedly armed with a “blunt instrument.”
Brannigan, from The Green, also in Holywood, is charged with, knowing an offence had occurred, namely attempted murder, that she assisted an offender on February 28.
The charge arises following an attack on her cousin Denis Shearer at a property on the Fernmore Road in Bangor at the end of February. He passed away on March 9.
Previous courts have heard that investigators are still hunting for the alleged killer's mobile phone and the weapon he allegedly used to attack the victim while a third man is also due to face charges arising from the incident.
In court on Monday, a detective constable claimed there was “strong circumstantial evidence suggesting both defendants’ guilt” and that both were intoxicated at the time of the incident.
“Police would have concerns about the alcohol consumption and the potential for further offences,” she told District Judge Austin Kennedy, adding that given the dates being sought, other events “could make it difficult for police to conduct checks.”
Defence lawyers Conor Holmes and Peter Canavan highlighted there had been previous variations granted with no issues or further incidents.
District Judge Kennedy refused to vary their bail conditions, however, stating that “the conditions were not imposed lightly and cannot be removed or varied lightly.”
“I cannot see any merit in this application whatsoever,” declared the judge.