Man in court on Derry murder charge

A 46-year-old man has appeared in court this morning charged with the murder of 49-year-old Patrick Harkin in Derry last weekend.

Paul Greatbanks of Bayview Terrace is also charged with the attempted murder of Paul Mythen on February 20.

As Greatbanks was being brought to court in an unmarked police car, abuse was shouted at him and a plastic bottle was thrown.

Inside the court a large number of Mr Harkin’s family and friends were present and were accompanied by Foyle Sinn Fein MLA Martina Anderson.

Greatbanks only spoke throughout the brief hearing to confirm he understood the charges against him. An investigating officer said she believed she could connect him to the charges.

Defence solicitor Don Maloney said there would be no application for bail.

Greatbanks was remanded in custody to appear in court again by video link on March 10.

Remanding the 46-year-old in custody, District Judge Barney McElholm expressed his remorse to the family of the deceased.

He said: “I sincerely hope that the other vicitm in this case recovers”.

Judge McElholm said the death of Mr Harkin was an “extremely sad loss to the family” and he thanked them for acting in such a dignified manner in the courtroom.

“It is a testament to his memory that people have acted in such a dignified way,” he said.