Court hears Preliminary Enquiry in the case of two men accused of murder in Ballymena is set to go ahead in mid-October

Court hears Preliminary Enquiry in the case of two men accused of murder in Ballymena is set to go ahead in mid-October

A PROSECUTOR said "all outstanding matters" have now been addressed and a Preliminary Enquiry in a murder case can be held on October 19.

The comment was made at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, on Tuesday.

The previous week, District Judge Nigel Broderick had warned murder charges could be thrown out of court for what a defence lawyer had branded "appalling" delays by prosecutors.

Samuel Hugh John Atcheson (34), of Crebilly Road in Ballymena and Stephen Hunter (31), of Lanntara in the town, are charged with murdering Donald Fraser-Rennie in Ballymena in September 2020.

The case was previously listed for September 14 - for a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court.

Mr Fraser-Rennie’s body was found at an address at Crebilly Road in September, 2020.

At the time, a PSNI Detective Chief Inspector had said in a press statement: "At this stage I believe that Donald was the victim of a vicious, sustained and violent beating which resulted in his death”.

  • Main picture: Donald Fraser-Rennie.