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Three men remanded over murder of Chinese businessman 'stabbed 17 times'

By David Young

Three men have been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a Chinese restaurant owner in Northern Ireland.

Wing Fu "Nelson" Cheung, 65, was killed last week after robbers forced his car off the road in a remote area of Co Antrim.

Ballymena Magistrates' Court today heard he was stabbed 17 times in front of his wife Kam Fung "Winnie" Cheung, who suffered a serious knife wound in the attack.

Mr Cheung ran the Double Value Chinese restaurant in Randalstown, Co Antrim.

He had been travelling home from his business with his wife shortly after midnight on Thursday when their jeep was rammed by another vehicle on the rural Caddy Road.

Portuguese welder Virgilio Augusto Fernando Correia, 33, from Grant Avenue, Randalstown; Gary William Thompson, a 32-year-old engineer from Cunningham Way, Antrim; and unemployed Christopher David Menaul, 25, from Barra Street, Antrim, appeared before district judge Joe Rice charged with the murder.

They have also been charged with the attempted murder of Mrs Cheung and robbing her of a number of items, including a handbag, iPhone, iPad, £200 cash and bank cards, and the attempted robbery of her husband.

Menaul is additionally charged with the burglary o f a home on Magherlane Road near Randalstown.

Thompson's estranged wife, care assistant Lisa Thompson, 32, of Cunningham Way, Antrim, appeared charged with handling stolen goods, namely the iPhone, and perverting the course of justice by allegedly providing a false account of her husband's movements.

Mr Rice remanded all four in custody to appear in Antrim court via videolink on February 10.

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