Northern Ireland

Portaferry murder: Victim's head 'banged and stomped on'

Ryan Macrae Image copyright Macrae family
Image caption Two men have appeared in court charged with Ryan Macrae's murder

A man who died in Portaferry was knocked to the ground, banged his head on the pavement, and was then stomped on twice, a court has heard.

Ryan Macrae was attacked on Church Street during the early hours of Sunday 14 October.

The 32-year-old was taken to hospital and died on Tuesday.

Robert Kiernan, 28, of Princetown Road, Bangor, and Jordan Donnelly, 19, of Arlington Park, Portaferry, have been charged with murder.

Image caption Ryan Macrae was attacked at Church Street, Portaferry, in the early hours of Sunday 14 October

A police officer told Newtownards Magistrates' Court that one of the two men had lifted Mr Macrae's head and banged it back down on the pavement.

He added that it had been caught on CCTV.

'Absolutely distressed'

A defence lawyer said the deceased was also an aggressor during the altercation.

He said Robert Kiernan, a married father-of-two, was "absolutely distressed at what has happened".

Both men had been granted bail at an earlier court appearance.

Police opposed bail again on Thursday, but Judge Mark Hamill ordered that their bail should continue and that both men should wear electronic tags at the addresses provided to the court.

The case is due back in court on 16 November.

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