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Full file imminent in case of those accused of Malcolm McKeown murder

A constable confirmed that forensic analysis of clothing relating to the case was still outstanding

Malcolm McKeown murder

There has been progress in the case against two Lurgan men who are accused of the murder of Malcolm McKeown in Waringstown.

A full file in the case is expected to be with the prosecution service by next week, however, there is no date for the completion of forensic analysis of clothing connected to the accused.

Jake O’Brien, 24, of Rectory Road, and Andrew Martin, 24, of Trasna Way, appeared charged with murder at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, via videolink from Maghaberry.

It was previously claimed that CCTV and forensic evidence had connected the two men to a vehicle believed to have been involved in the killing of the 54-year-old back in August.

Speaking on Friday, prosecution stated: “We have been advised by police this morning that a file with be with the department by this coming Wednesday.”

Defence barrister Michael Forde, who represented O’Brien, stated: “We were considering a bail application today but we had put the PPS on notice that this would not happen.”

Representing Martin, barrister Damien Halloran said: “I am keen that this is pressed on, I appreciate what my friend is saying but I am keen that this is taken for a week.”

He added: “I believe that there is still forensics outstanding in the case.”

A constable confirmed that forensic analysis of clothing relating to the case was still outstanding.

He commented that he did not have a due date for this but would make it available to the court on the next occasion.

Both case were adjourned until December 13 for an update.

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