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Pathology report delays prosecution of Phelan murder accused

A decision to formally prosecute the man accused of murdering Bessbrook father-of-two, Brian Phelan on a rural road outside Newry earlier this year, will not be taken until an outstanding pathology report is presented.

Mr Phelan was stabbed to death on July 26 on the Carrivekeeney Road, on the outskirts of Newry, in an attack that rocked the local community, who described the Bessbrook man as a “gentle giant.”  

Twenty seven year old Daniel Carroll, of Edward Street, Portadown, is accused of his murder.  

Newry Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday last that a pathology report and forensics in the case remained outstanding and that prosecution could not make a formal decision to prosecute Carroll until those were made available.

In light of the outstanding pathology report, Carroll was remanded back into custody to appear again on January 9.