Northern Ireland

Man 'sorry' over bar brawl death

Gary Butcher died in a bar three miles from Benone
Image caption Gary Butcher died in a bar three miles from Benone

A 19-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of a man in County Londonderry on Saturday.

Gary Butcher, 39, died following a disturbance at a bar on the Seacoast Road near Limavady.

Sean William Doherty, of Limestone Road, Limavady, was released from Londonderry Magistrates Court on £5,000 bail.

The court heard when the charge was put to him he said: "I am so sorry. This was a tragic accident."

A defence solicitor said Mr Doherty had thrown one punch and Mr Butcher fell and hit his head on a wall.

When interviewed by police, Mr Doherty said this was to prevent a row between the deceased and his father.

The court heard that the Doherty and Butcher families had been in dispute over a land deal

On bailing Mr Doherty, District Judge Barney McElholm said it was a "sad and tragic incident".

He is due to appear in court again on 16 August and while on bail is not to enter the Magilligan area.

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