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Covid case delays start of Armagh man’s manslaughter trial

Nigel Burgess
Nigel Burgess died in April 2020

The trial of an Armagh man accused of manslaughter has been adjourned due to a Covid case within the Prosecution.

Brian Anthony Nicholl, 52, of Ballinahone Close, Armagh, was due to go on trial at Newry Crown Court on Monday, charged with the manslaughter of Nigel Burgess.

Mr Burgess, who was 60-years-old at the time of his death, died at Ballinahone Close in Armagh on April 11, 2020 in what police said was “an altercation”.

Nicholl had entered a not-guilty plea in response to the manslaughter charge.

A member of the prosecution appeared before the Court, seeking an adjournment as the barrister leading the prosecution had tested positive for Covid that morning.

No objections to the adjournment were heard.

His Honour Judge Gordon Kerr QC granted the adjournment of the trial and said that the next hearing was to take place on Monday, June 27, with the purpose being to fix a new date for the trial to begin.

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