Northern Ireland

Mother denies withholding son's alleged confession

A mother has denied withholding her son's alleged confession to murder from police.

Eleanor McAuley, 62, from The Roddens in Larne, is charged with failing to tell police that her son Troy McAuley confessed to her that he had murdered Kenneth Nicholl on a date between 2 and 9 November last year.

Troy McAuley is in custody awaiting trial for Mr Nicholl's murder.

The father of one was stabbed in death in Larne.

The 29-year-old's body was found on 9 November in an alleyway off Herbert Avenue.

Eleanor McAuley pleaded not guilty to withholding information when she appeared at Antrim Crown Court.

A prosecution lawyer said the Crown was "ready for trial" but defence QC Barra McGrory said the defence investigations were not yet completed.

Mr Justice Hart released the 62-year-old on continuing bail.

The case will be reviewed in November.