Brothers appear in court

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Two brothers from magilligan charged in connection with the death of Gary Butcher have been told they have a case to answer at Derry Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Mr. Butcher died after an ‘altercation’ at Bob’s Bistro and Bar, Magilligan, on July 3, 2010.

Brothers Kevin and Shaun Doherty of Limestone Road, Magilligan, are charged in connection with the death. Shaun Doherty, aged 21, is charged with manslaughter while his 26 year- old brother Kevin faces a charge of common assault.

A police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that they could connect the defendants to the charges. The brothers spoke only to say they understood the charges and declined to present any evidence at this stage.

Judge McElholm also heard that Kevin was a sentenced prisoner already, not due for release until October. Shaun was remanded in custody to return to the High Court on November 29.