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Police investigating murder of Bessbrook man charge woman with perverting course of justice

Brian Phelan died from stab wounds and his body was discovered on the Carrivekeeney Road, Newry, in July 2018

Detectives from PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Brian Phelan in Newry, in July 2018, have charged a 26-year-old woman with perverting the course of justice, assisting an offender and withholding information.

She is due to appear at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, March 10.

As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

Detective Inspector Michael Hawthorne said: “Detectives remain committed to bringing all offenders, whether they are the principal offender or an ancillary, to justice for their crimes.

“I would like to reassure the public that where there is information to act on, we will, no matter what the passage of time.”

Mr Phelan, from Bessbrook, died from stab wounds and his body was discovered on the Carrivekeeney Road.

One man remains in custody, charged with murdering the father-of-two and is awaiting trial.

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