Police given more time to question Derry murder suspect

Police in Derry investigating the murder of 49-year-old Patrick Harkin have been granted an extra 36 hours to question a man in connection with his killing.

Paul Greatbanks, 46, of Bayview Terrace, appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court sporting a black eye.

A PSNI detective sergeant told the court they were applying for the extra time as police are waiting for CCTV footage to be seized and viewed, for 9 witnesses to be located and interviewed, and for further forensic tests to be carried out.

The detective sergeant revealed in court that Greatbanks has been interviewed on two separate occasions and was only deemed fit for interview at 9pm last night.

He said 13 witnesses have already been spoken to. However police are still waiting for a post mortem to be carried out.

Mr Harkin is believed to have been assaulted early on Sunday morning in the Bayview Terrace area of the city.

Another man, Paul Mythen, from Lettekenny was also critically injured in the incident and is being treated in hospital in Belfast for serious head injuries.