Northern Ireland

Belfast murder accused appears in court

George Gray was found dead by a friend on the Cregagh Road
Image caption George Gray was found dead by a friend on the Cregagh Road

A 29-year-old man charged with the murder of a man in east Belfast has appeared before Newtownards Magistrates Court.

Alan Peter Irvine, from Roseberry Gardens in the east Belfast, was accused of killing father-of-three George Gray.

Mr Gray was found dead by a female friend at his home on the Cregagh Road last Friday.

Police have said he was the victim of a vicious assault.

A police officer confirmed to the court that Mr Irvine would be pleading not guilty.

As he was being led away from the dock, a man shouted from the back of the court: "Have you any idea what you've done? A storm is coming your way."

Several people started to clap.

A number of people were led away from court, some of them crying.

Bail was not requested and Mr Irvine will appear in court again via video link on 2 October.

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