Northern Ireland

Derry man in court over murder of Christopher McGaughey

The scene of the stabbing at Hollymount Park
Image caption The scene of the stabbing at Hollymount Park

A 31-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering father-of-two James Christopher McGaughey in Londonderry last Sunday morning.

The 56-year-old was stabbed to death at Hollymount Park in the Gobnascale area at about 01:00 GMT.

James Anthony Healy from Hollymount Park is also charged with having two knives with intent to commit murder.

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear in court again on 24 November via video-link.

Throughout the brief remand hearing, the defendant kept his head bowed and sobbed in the dock.

A detective sergeant told deputy district judge Terence Dunlop that she could connect Mr Healy to the two charges before the court.

A defence solicitor said she had no questions, nor was she making a bail application.

As he left the dock, Mr Healy made no eye contact and did not acknowledge the presence of four members of his family who were in court for his appearance.

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