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Northern Ireland woman in court over corpse

Angela Irwin at an earlier court appearance in Ballymena
Angela Irwin at an earlier court appearance in Ballymena
Robin McMaster

By Staff Reporter

A Co Antrim woman has appeared in court charged with preventing the lawful burial of a corpse.

It is alleged that Angela Irwin (54) committed the offence between November 13 and 22 last year.

The defendant's address was previously given as Devenagh Court in Ballymena. It is now listed as Holywell Hospital in Antrim.

She faces a second charge of fraud by false representation by allegedly ordering prescription medication from a GP on the pretence that it was for another person on November 21.

Irwin is also charged with forging a transfer of an energy provider agreement on November 22.

She appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court for a preliminary enquiry, the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court.

A prosecutor submitted that on the basis of the papers before the court there was a case to answer. Defence barrister Stephen Law said he had no contrary submissions.

District Judge Nigel Broderick sent the case to Antrim Crown Court for arraignment in September. The court was told the defendant had previously been granted bail but was preferring to remain in custody.

A previous court heard the fraud charge was in relation to medication "belonging to a deceased person".

The charges Irwin faces follow the death of Robin McMaster (40), whose body was found at Devenagh Court on November 22.

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