Northern Ireland

Stanley McAuley murder: Man denies charge

East Belfast murder scene
Image caption Police found Stanley McAuley unconscious in an alleyway at Chamberlain Street

A 33-year old Belfast man has appeared in court charged with murdering a man last year.

John Edward Hugh Holmes, from Egeria Street, denies murdering Stanley McAuley on 14 April 2013.

Mr McAuley, 41, died after being attacked in an alleyway at Chamberlain Street in east Belfast.

When the charge of murder was put to Mr Holmes on Thursday, he replied: "Not guilty."

Two other people appeared alongside the accused on charges arising from the murder.

Chanel Wilton, 21, from Dunraven Court in Belfast was charged with doing an act with intent to pervert the course of justice, namely that she concealed or disposed of clothing that was allegedly worn by her at the time of Mr McAuley's murder.

She replied "not guilty" when the charge was put to her.

Alan Wilton, 48, from Lord Street in the city was charged with aiding and abetting an act with intent to pervert the course of justice, namely that he helped Chanel Wilton carry out the offence she is charged with committing.

Wilton also denied the charge.

Mr McAuley was found unconscious in an alleyway at Chamberlain Street in the early hours of Sunday 14 April 14, 2013 after police responsed to reports of a serious assault.

Despite being rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Mr McAuley died from his injuries.

All three accused will be standing trial later this year. They were all released on continuing bail.

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