Holywood man accused of murder has bail curfew relaxed for Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Holywood man accused of murder has bail curfew relaxed for Christmas Day and Boxing Day

A HOLYWOOD man charged with murdering his partner's cousin has had his bail curfew relaxed by an hour from 9pm to 10pm for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Timothy Steven Walker (40), of Abbey Ring, is charged with murdering 25-year-old Denis Shearer in Bangor earlier this year.

He is also charged with aggravated burglary at Fernmore Road in February with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on Mr Shearer whilst allegedly having a 'weapon of offence, namely a blunt instrument'.

Mr Shearer (25) died in hospital nine days after being assaulted.

A prosecutor told a previous court: "The post mortem concluded that the cause of death was blunt trauma of the head due to multiple blows from a blunt instrument."

Walker's partner, Natalie Brannigan (39), of The Green, Holywood, is charged with 'assisting' an 'offender'.

A defence lawyer told Newtownards Magistrates Court police have no objections to Walker's bail curfew time being varied from starting at 9pm to 10pm for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The lawyer added: "There had been objections previously and they have now been ironed out".

Meanwhile, the cases have been adjourned to February 16.