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Jason Lee Martin: Teenager in court charged with murder

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Image caption Jason Lee Martin, 31, died after he was stabbed at a house in Ballymena

A teenager accused of stabbing a man to death told police it was an "unbelievable and unreal" situation, a court has heard.

Jason Lee Martin, 31, died at a house in Orkney Drive, Ballykeel, Ballymena on Saturday.

Jordan McClintock, 18, appeared remotely at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with his murder.

Mr McClintock, of Orkney Drive, Ballymena, confirmed that he understood the allegation against him.

The defence solicitor said the incident was a tragedy.

"I have been asked on behalf of the defendant and his whole family to extend their deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the deceased's family," he said.

The lawyer said Mr McClintock had co-operated fully throughout police interviews.

"The defendant lives in close proximity to, and was a friend of the deceased," he said.

"When the matter was put to him he replied: 'This is unbelievable and unreal'."

The court heard the teenager has mental health issues which were exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdown.

No application for bail was made during the hearing.

District Judge George Conner remanded Mr McClintock in custody, to appear again by video-link in four weeks' time.

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