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Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, whose body was discovered at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, Shropshire.

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, whose body was discovered at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, Shropshire.

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, whose body was discovered at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, Shropshire.

A jury has resumed its deliberations in the trial of an Royal Irish soldier accused of murdering another member of his regiment at their base in England after a night out earlier this year.

Lance Corporal Richard Farrell, who joined the Royal Irish Regiment in 2009, is alleged to have killed Corporal Geoffrey McNeill at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, Shropshire.

The Crown alleges that Farrell, who denies murder, launched a brutal and violent assault on Cpl McNeill at the barracks after being punched by him during a night out.

A three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court has heard that Cpl McNeill, originally from Ballymoney, was found dead in an accommodation block on the morning of March 8.

Farrell, from Dublin, and Cpl McNeill had both served in Afghanistan with the Royal Irish Regiment.

Jurors in the case retired on Wednesday last week and began a second day of deliberations yesterday and will continue from 10am today.

Belfast Telegraph