Derry man remanded in Mongan case

Published Thursday, 19 April 2012
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A man from Londonderry has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of another man, who was hacked to death in front of his heavily pregnant wife in their west Belfast home in 2008.

Derry man remanded in Mongan case
John Mongan, pictured, was murdered in front of his partner. (© Pacemaker)

Thomas Stokes, 22 and from The Old Fort in the Strathfoyle area, is accused of killing 30-year-old John Mongan.

The victim suffered up to 50 wounds in the fatal attack - some of them possibly inflicted with a sword or machete - after his killers smashed through a barricaded bedroom door to get to the father-of-three.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard on Thursday that Stokes was arrested after two people known to him contacted police, but a defence lawyer said they were previously questioned about the killing and gave different accounts.

It was also stressed that Stokes has no record for violence.

The accused was refused bail and remanded into custody to appear again via video link next month.

Three Derry men were found guilty in December 2009 of Mr Mongan's murder, but one of them - 19-year-old Martin Stokes - later won an appeal against his conviction, due to conflicting witness descriptions and a sense of unease about the safety of the verdict.

He is currently out on bail awaiting a retrial later this year.

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