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Murder accused is denied bail for christening

A dairy farmer murdered in his home had been beaten around the head while sitting in his chair, the High Court has heard.

Victor Stewart's blood-soaked body was discovered at his farmhouse, a Crown lawyer said. Details were disclosed as the man charged with murdering the 45-year-old was refused compassionate bail to attend his niece's christening service.

Peter Joseph Moloney (24), of Drumarg Park, Armagh, is further accused of stealing a safe from the victim's home.

Nicola Auret, prosecuting, said Mr Stewart was found dead in his home on the Creevekeeran Road, Middletown, in October 2008.

“He was blood-soaked and it transpired he had been struck a number of times on his head as he sat in his chair,” she said.

The accused’s father, also called Peter (49), from Drumarg Villas, Armagh, faces charges of perverting the course of justice and withholding information in connection with the killing.

Belfast Telegraph