10/09/2008

Ballymena Teen Murder Trial To Move Court

The trial of six people accused of murdering a Ballymena teenager has been moved to a new court.

Defence teams for those going on trial accused of murdering 15-year-old Michael McIlveen said they do not believe a fair trial would be possible because Coleraine Court was not big enough. The case will now be heard in Antrim court. However, the judge said he was "unhappy" at the timing of the complaint.

Five men and one juvenile are to appear in Antrim court on Monday, charged with the murder of the teenager. Another is facing criminal damage and affray charges.

A gang attacked Michael McIlveen in May 2006. He died from head injuries the day after he and two friends were chased by the group.

(JM/KMcA)

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