Angry scenes in court as brothers charged with murder of Karol Kelly.

There were angry scenes as two brothers appeared in court on Wednesday charged with the murder of Derry father of five, Karol Kelly.

Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 11:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 12:39 pm
Karol Kelly.
Karol Kelly.

Gary Anderson (20) and 19-year-old Sean Anderson, with an address at Grafton Street, are charged with the murder of 35-year-old Mr Kelly on March 4.

There were around 30 police officers in the courtroom for the brief hearing. They formed a cordon along both sides of the court.

Two men in the public gallery were taken to the cells for contempt of court after they shouted at the defendants.

One man had also been removed from the courtroom prior to the hearing because he was holding up a photo of the deceased.

Before the defendants were brought into the dock, District Judge Barney McElholm asked that the court proceedings be conducted in a ‘dignified and respectful manner’.

He said; “There is a man dead here. I realise tensions and emotions are running high but I will not tolerate bad behaviour on anyone’s part. This is a necessary part of the court process and they will be conducted in a dignified manner. Anyone who disrupts the court risks an immediate prison sentence’.

Despite asking everyone in the public gallery to take their seats, a number of people remained standing.

As the charges were read to the Andersons, people in the public gallery sitting with the family of Mr Kelly began shouting towards the defendants.

The judge asked for the court to be cleared apart from the direct family members of Mr Kelly.

However, one male who had been permitted to stay also had to be removed because he continued to shout at the defendants.

An investigating officer told the court she believed she could connect the brothers to the charge.

Under cross examination from defence solicitor Kevin Casey, she confirmed that the deceased had made a number of threats towards the defendants prior to the alleged incident.

The officer also confirmed that, a short time before the alleged incident, Mr Kelly and another man had entered the Anderson family home and assaulted the brothers.

She said that Gary Anderson sustained ‘common assault’ type injuries, including two broken teeth.

The officer also confirmed to the court that another male, who was along with Mr Kelly and is not before the court, was arrested on suspicion of burglary with intent to cause GBH.

She also accepted that witnesses have reported that Mr Kelly had made a ‘threat to kill anyone who went to the police’.

There was no application for bail and the Andersons were remanded in custody.

The judge heard that identification was an issue in the case and he granted an order banning the publication of any photo of the defendants in the public arena, including social media.

The Andersons will appear in court again via videolink on March 29.