08/02/2013

Simon Tang: Second Murder Charge Withdrawn

A second murder charge over the killing of Chinese restaurateur Simon Tang in 1996 has been withdrawn.

Belfast Magistrates' Court has heard the case against Paul Allen will not proceed.

Mr Allen, 39, of Drumhoy Drive, Carrickfergus, faced charges over the murder of Simon Tang.

Mr Tang was a married father of two. He was killed in an attack in which he was beaten and robbed outside his takeaway business in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, in 1996

His watch and the takings for the evening were stolen during the attack. Mr Tang was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

No one has yet been convicted of the killing.

The news follows the withdrawal of murder charges against 36-year-old George Robinson of the Hollies, Carrickfergus, on Wednesday.

Charges against two women accused of supplying false alibis have also been dropped.

34-year-old Jacqueline Scanlon of Woodburn Drive and 35-year-old Leanne Wilson from The Cherry Walk in Carrickfergus faced charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Detectives investigating the fatal attack have confirmed they are continuing in their inquiries.

(IT/GK)

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