Angry scenes as man appears in court in Newry charged with murder of Brian Phelan
THERE were angry scenes in Newry after a man appeared in court charged with the murder of Brian Phelan, who was stabbed to death on Thursday.
The ex partner of Brian Phelan launched herself onto the bonnet of the police vehicle taking his alleged killer to prison.
Amanda O'Riordan, the mother of Mr Phelan's two children, was removed by police officers after she jumped on a police vehicle carrying Daniel Carroll outside the court.
Anger also erupted inside Newry Courthouse as Carroll (27), of Edward Street in Portadown, Co Armagh made his appearance in the dock.
District Judge Eamonn King intervened to warn that he would clear the court if there were any further interruptions.
"Out of respect for the deceased, for the deceased's partner, for the deceased's family and for the deceased's children, these proceedings will be conducted in a dignified manner and if there are any other interruptions this court will be cleared.
"Please allow justice to be done here," he added.
There was no application for bail and the defendant was remanded in custody to re-appear via video link on August 8.
Mr Phelan, a 33-year-old father of two from Bessbrook, died at the scene after being stabbed on the Carrivekeeney Road, on the outskirts of Newry.
On Friday, police probing the murder recovered a blue Peugeot 206 they believed was involved.
Mr Phelan's funeral Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 11am in St Peter and St Paul's Church in Bessbrook, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.