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Eamonn Magee Jr murder: Jury chosen for trial of man accused of killing Belfast boxer

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Image caption Eamonn Magee Jr died after sustaining stab wounds in an attack in west Belfast

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of murdering west Belfast boxer Eamonn Magee Jr.

The 22-year-old engineering student died on 30 May last year from stab wounds he sustained in the Twinbrook area of the city.

Orhan Koca, a Turkish national of no fixed abode, is accused of murdering Mr Magee.

The 33-year old has denied the charge.

The judge at jury at Craigavon Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, told the jury that the trial could last up to four weeks.

He also gave the jury, made up of seven women and five men, a brief background of the incident.

He told them: "This case is about the alleged murder of Eamonn Magee on the 30 May 2015 in the Summerhill Drive/Park area in Twinbrook in west Belfast.

"Eamonn Magee was at the home of his girlfriend Courtney Ward in Summerhill Drive.

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Image caption The victim's father Eamonn Magee Sr (second from left) arrived at court for the selection of the jury

"Courtney Ward was the wife of the defendant, and they had recently separated.

"The defendant was born in Turkey and he and Courtney Ward met and married there before they moved together to live in Northern Ireland."

The jury was also told that the deceased was the son of "well-known professional boxer" Eamonn Magee Sr.

The jurors heard that at the time of his death, Mr Magee Jr was studying at Ulster University and also worked part-time as a personal trainer.

The judge said that at the time of the killing, Mr Koca worked in a bar and a barber's shop, both in west Belfast.

During the selection process, the members were given a map of several locations central to the case, as well as a 22-itemed questionnaire to ensure they knew nothing about the circumstances.

The questions ranged from whether they knew anything about Mr Magee or his family to whether they had any boxing associations.

The trial is expected to start on Thursday.

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