Northern Ireland

Richard Hicking murder: Robert Scott denies charges

Murder victim Richard Hicking
Image caption Richard Hicking's body was discovered in a flat in east Belfast

Detectives have not yet found the weapon used to stab a man to death in east Belfast, a court has been told.

The body of Richard Hicking, 31, was found in a flat in Clarawood Park at about 1230 BST on Saturday.

Robert Scott of Clarawood House, Clara Way, Belfast, denies murdering Mr Hicking.

A detective constable said he could connect him with the murder charge. The 35-year-old was remanded in custody to appear again later this month.

Mr Scott appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Thursday,

Defence solicitor Pat Kelly made no application for bail but asked the officer to confirm the accused was interviewed 24 times over a four-day period.

The detective told the court the taped sessions lasted for a combined period of more than 14 hours.

Mr Kelly said his client "made no admissions whatsoever in respect of any criminality".

It was accepted that post mortem tests indicated Mr Hicking died as a result of stab wounds.

The officer also agreed when Mr Kelly asked him: "Can you confirm no murder weapon has been recovered by the police."

Mr Scott was remanded into custody for a two week period, at which stage he may apply for bail.