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Both defendants appeared via a video-link with their solicitor's office (stock photo)

Both defendants appeared via a video-link with their solicitor's office (stock photo)

Both defendants appeared via a video-link with their solicitor's office (stock photo)

Two men are to stand trial for the murder of a homeless Polish man who was beaten to death while sleeping rough in Maghera.

Caolan Michael Johnston (18) and 20-year-old Adrian Kozak appeared at a remote hearing at Belfast Crown Court yesterday.

They were jointly charged with murdering Poitr Krowka on a date between March 30 and April 4, 2018.

Both defendants appeared via a video-link with their solicitor's office.

When the murder charge was put to Johnston, from The Fort in Maghera, he replied: "Not guilty."

Kozak, from Garvey Wood in Ballymena, also entered a "not guilty" plea when charged.

The remains of Mr Krowka, who was 36, were found in a derelict parochial house in Maghera by police.

He had been sleeping rough and died as the result of a violent assault.

The case has been listed for review in September, when a date for the trial is expected to be fixed.

Belfast Telegraph