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Eamonn O’Hanlon murder accused apologises: ‘I didn’t mean for any of this to happen’

Eamonn O'Hanlon Gilford murder

A 25-year-old man accused of the murder of Gilford man Eamonn O’Hanlon on Saturday morning apologised to police, stating: “I didn’t mean for any of this to happen”.

Frank McAlinden, who had been working away in England and gave an address of The Bell Inn, Cross Houses in Shrewsbury, appeared before Newry Magistrates’ Court this morning (Monday) charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon with the intention of committing an indictable offence.

During the brief hearing a police constable stated that, shortly before 3am, police received a report that a male had been stabbed outside a property in Hill Street, in the County Down village.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but Mr O’Hanlon had later died from his injuries – a stab wound to the chest.

While three people were originally arrested, they were released unconditionally.

McAlinden handed himself into police in Lurgan where, during interview, he admitted causing the fatal injury to his victim.

During that police interview, when charges were put to him, McAlinden apologised saying: “I am sorry, I didn’t mean for any of this to happen.”

McAlinden wad remanded into custody to re-appear before Banbridge Magistrates’ Court on June 16.

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