Belfast Telegraph

Murder case is delayed as police await forensic results

Michael McManus at Antrim Court
Michael McManus at Antrim Court
Niall Magee

By Paul Higgins

Detectives investigating a murder in April are awaiting forensic results, a court has heard.

Antrim Magistrates Court also heard that while transcripts have yet to be given to police investigating the death of Niall Magee, the detective inspector leading the investigation "hopes to have a mainly completed file in four weeks".

Accused of murder is Michael McManus (26) from Cairn Walk in Crumlin. He attended court yesterday, having been granted bail by the High Court.

According to police, 21-year-old Mr Magee suffered a fatal knife wound to the face during an attack at McManus' home in the Cairn Walk area on April 27.

Police and paramedics found both McManus and Mr Magee slumped at the bottom of the stairs with stab wounds. Mr Magee was taken to hospital but died from what was said to have been a single stab wound to the side of his face.

McManus had "multiple wounds" and a large kitchen knife was found under a sofa.

In court yesterday, District Judge Nigel Broderick suggested that the PPS "open lines of communication" so that the remaining issues in the case can be expedited.

Adjourning the case to August 20 and freeing McManus on continuing bail, the judge said he wanted an update on the forensic findings on the next occasion.

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