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Portadown man pleads not guilty to murder of Bessbrook man Brian Phelan

Brian Phelan

A Portadown man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bessbrook man Brian Phelan.

Daniel Martin James Carroll from Edward Street in Portadown appeared before Newry Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, earlier today (Friday).

The 28-year-old denies murdering the father-of-two, who was found on the Carrivekeeney Road in south Armagh on  July 26, 2018.

First responders attended the incident shortly after 3.15pm, but the 32-year-old is understood to have passed away from his injuries at the scene.

He died as a result of a series of stab wounds.

The trial, which will last for a number of weeks, is expected to begin on March 2, next year.

Carroll was remanded back into custody.

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