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Court told Belfast man accused of stabbing nephew told neighbour: 'I'm after killing Geordie'

The case is being heard at Belfast Magistrates Court

A BELFAST man accused of stabbing his nephew told a friend "I'm after killing Geordie" and said he threw the knife down a drain, a court has heard.

George Morrison (29) was stabbed to death in an alleyway in the Antrim Road area of the city in the early hours of July 6 2009.

A jury at Belfast Crown Court is being asked to 'determine the facts' and reach a verdict on whether or not his uncle, Samuel Francis Morrison (55), was involved in the death.

A north Belfast woman who lived in the same apartment block as the deceased's mother, and who knew the accused for years, gave evidence yesterday and confirmed that in the hours prior to the fatal stabbing, Samuel Morrison had been drinking in her flat with others.

She said at one stage, he went upstairs to his sister's flat, then came back to hers before leaving again.

She said at around 2.25am she heard shouting through her letterbox and a voice saying "it's Samuel".

"I opened the door and he came into my living room and he had no t-shirt on and he had blood on his chest," she said.

"He said 'I'm after killing Geordie'. He said 'Our John beat the c*** out of him and I stabbed him five times and slit his throat'."

The neighbour said Morrison then used two baby wipes to clean blood from his chest and asked her to wash his white tracksuit bottoms.

"I didn't wash them then. I put them in my washbag," she said.

When asked what Morrrison said about his nephew, she told the court: "He said he was lying on the street."

And when asked if Morrison mentioned a knife, she said: "He said he threw it down the drain."

The witness said his mood was "calm" and he had "a couple of tears on his face just".

The accused, from Forthriver Park in Belfast, was initially charged with murder but it has since been determined he has a disability and has been deemed unfit and therefore unable to plead to the charge or participate in proceedings.

The trial is to 'determine the facts' and Morrison is watching via a live video link from HMP Maghaberry.

The jury has already heard the stabbing occurred at the junction of Brookhill Avenue and Allworthy Avenue.

George Morrison sustained several knife wounds - one of which penetrated his heart - and an attempt was made to cut his throat.

Under questioning from defence barrister Turlough Montague QC, the neighbour was asked what she told police in the aftermath of the attack.

"I said I didn't believe him 'cause I thought there would have been more blood. There was blood on him, there was blood on his chest, but not much on him."

At hearing.

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