Pair to stand trial over Ardoyne murder


Two men are to stand trial charged with carrying out a murder in north Belfast, a judge has ordered.

Louis Maguire, 27, and Christopher Power, 32, are jointly accused of killing Eamonn Ferguson last year.

The 35-year-old victim was found dead in a house at Ardoyne Place on March 15, 2014.

Maguire, with a previous address on the same street, and Power, of no fixed abode, appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary enquiry.

No details of how Mr Ferguson died were disclosed during the hearing.

But it was submitted by a prosecution lawyer that both accused have a case to answer.

Defence solicitor Dennis Boyd, representing Power, raised no objection to the proceedings.

His client declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

But standing alongside Power in the dock, co-accused Maguire protested his innocence and complained about having been held in custody for nearly 18 months.

Based on the papers before him, District Judge George Conner held that a prima facie case has been established against both defendants.

He ruled that they should be returned for trial together at Belfast Crown Court.

Maguire and Power were remanded back into custody to appear again for future arraignment on a date to be fixed.