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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 February 2006, 13:03 GMT
Fourth charge over musician death
An 18-year-old man has been remanded in custody at Londonderry Magistrates Court charged with the murder of blues musician Jim Gilchrist.

Daniel John Young, from Cornshell Fields, is the fourth person to be charged with the killing.

The court was told on Thursday that when charged the accused replied "I wasn't there that night. I was not there when Mr Gilchrist got attacked."

Mr Gilchrist, 62, was killed on 28 September 2005.

He had been out at a local motorcycle club event. His body was found in the River Foyle later that day.

Mr Young was remanded to appear by videolink on 23 February.

Accused denies homophobic motive

A teenager charged with assault in Londonderry has denied that it was a homophobic attack.

Joseph Padre Krokkee, 19, of no fixed address was remanded in custody at Londonderry Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent in Derry on Sunday.

In court, a detective agreed that immediately after his arrest Mr Krokkee had made frank admissions and expressed deep remorse.

She said the defendant said it was not a homophobic attack, but was the result of a personal grievance going back some years.

Man injured in alleyway assault

A 19-year-old man has been injured in an assault in south Belfast.

The victim was attacked in an alleyway off Elm Street in the Donegall Pass area. It was reported to the police shortly after 2000 GMT on Wednesday.

The teenager was taken to hospital with injuries to his arms and legs. They are not thought to be life-threatening.

The police said they were still investigating a motive for the attack and appealed for witnesses to get in contact with them.

Student officer's home attacked

It is understood a petrol bomb attack in Londonderry on Tuesday night was at the home of a student police officer.

Four petrol bombs were thrown at the house at Woodside Heights in the Gobnascale area at about 2130 GMT. No-one was at home at the time

The attack was condemned by the DUP assembly member William Hay.

He said trainee police officers are working for the whole community and should be free to live where they choose without fear of attack.

BA announces new Belfast-Birmingham flight

British Airways has announced a new air service between Belfast City Airport and Birmingham.

It will be operated by BA Connect, British Airways' new regional subsidiary. The airline already operates a service between Belfast City Airport and Manchester.

The Birmingham service will include four weekday return flights, three return flights on Saturdays and two return flights on Sundays.

BA Connect's Steve Cassidy said: "This is excellent news for Belfast and Northern Ireland as whole. We have introduced this new route in direct response to customer demand.

"We are confident this new air link will be of enormous benefit to regional air travellers from both Belfast and Birmingham."


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