Cookstown Murder Accused Appears In Court

A 45-year-old man has appeared before Omagh Magistrates' Court charged in connection with the murder of a 77-year-old woman in Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

According to reports, the elderly woman is the mother of the accused. She was found murdered in her home in Ratheen Avenue in the town on Sunday 19 June.

The accused was arrested at the scene. He appeared before the court via video link.
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It is understood that the emergency call was received through East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). According to reports, the EMAS was contacted by a man saying that he believed his friend has "harmed his mother and taken an overdose". EMAS then contact the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, who then alerted the PSNI.

The accused was denied bail and was remanded in custody until 06 July.

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