Northern Ireland

Gerald Mulligan death: Son charged over 'body in boot' murder

The body of a man was found in the Limehurst Way area of Lisburn on Monday Image copyright Kevin Scott/Press Eye
Image caption The body of pensioner Gerald Mulligan was found in the Limehurst Way area of Lisburn on Monday

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his father whose body was found in the boot of a car in Lisburn, County Antrim.

Gerard John Mulligan, 44, from Lisburn, is accused of killing his father, Gerald Mulligan.

The victim's body was discovered in the vehicle in Limehurst Way on Monday.

A detective told the court that the accused "does admit to striking in some way his father with a breeze block, whether that was intentional or not".

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Image caption The police retained a presence in the area on Tuesday

Mr Mulligan was arrested shortly after his father's body was found.

Lisburn Magistrates' Court heard that after the pensioner's death, the accused took drugs and called his partner.

A detective said he told the woman: "I've murdered my dad... and he's in the boot of the (Vauxhall) Tigra."

Mr Mulligan applied for bail but it was refused.

He is due to appear in court again on 24 October.

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