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Suspect in 1996 murder fails in fresh bid for bail

One of the men charged with murdering a Chinese businessman 16 years ago has failed in a new bid to be granted bail.

Lawyers for Paul Allen (38) applied to have him released so that he could be with his partner and their newborn child.

He is accused of killing Simon Tang in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim.

Mr Tang, a 28-year-old married father-of-two, was beaten and robbed outside his takeaway business in the town in June 1996.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Allen, of Drumhoy Drive, and George Robinson (36), from The Hollies, both in Carrickfergus, were jointly charged last month.

Both men deny any involvement in the killing. Three anonymous witnesses have now given evidence against the suspects.

Allen was previously refused bail amid prosecution concerns about potential intimidation.

Mounting a new application his barrister, Mark Farrell, argued that fears of witness interference have proved groundless.

But the judge, Lord Justice Higgins, noted that relevant matters were still being dealt with by the police and public prosecution service and refused bail.

Belfast Telegraph