Northern Ireland

Jim Hughes death: James Devine charged with Divis flats murder

Jim Hughes was found dead in a flat on the 14th floor of the tower on Sunday night Image copyright PSNI
Image caption Jim Hughes was found dead in a flat on the 14th floor of the tower on Sunday night

A 42-year-old man has been remanded into custody charged with the murder of Jim Hughes in west Belfast at the weekend.

Mr Hughes' body was found in a flat on the 14th floor of Divis Tower on Sunday night. He was 62.

Family members of Mr Hughes wept as James Devine, with an address in Divis Tower, appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court charged with his murder.

Mr Devine spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the charge.

No details of the circumstances of the killing were given in court and there was no bail application.

Mr Devine is scheduled to appear by video link at the next hearing on 7 December.

Police investigating the murder have widened their appeal and now want to speak to anyone who saw Mr Hughes between Friday and Sunday.