Lawyer says delay in Ballymena 'murder' case is 'completely unacceptable'

Lawyer says delay in Ballymena 'murder' case is 'completely unacceptable'

A DEFENCE barrister for Samuel Atcheson - one of two men accused of murdering Donald Fraser-Rennie in Ballymena last September - said delays in the case are "completely unacceptable".

The comment was made at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Atcheson (34), of Crebilly Road in Ballymena and Stephen Hunter (31), of Lanntara in the town, are charged with murdering Mr Fraser-Rennie (main picture), who was 33.

District Judge Nigel Broderick noted the "frustration" and directed that the police officer in charge of the case attend court on August 10 to outline the position.

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

At the time, PSNI Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell 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”.