Tang accused pair remain in custody

Published Wednesday, 16 May 2012
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Two men accused of killing a Chinese businessman 16 years ago are to remain in custody, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

Tang accused pair remain in custody
No one has ever been charged with Simon Tang's murder. (© Tang family)

George Robinson and Paul Allen were seeking bail on a joint charge of murdering Simon Tang in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim.

The 28-year-old victim, a married father of two, was beaten and robbed outside his takeaway business in June 1996.

Mr Tang's watch and the night's taking were stolen during the attack. He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

No-one has been convicted of his murder.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates' Court were Robinson, 36, from The Hollies; and 38-year-old Allen, of Drumhoy Drive - both in Carrickfergus.

They were originally remanded in custody on Saturday, with bail applications listed for Wednesday.

District Judge Amanda Henderson refused to release Robinson due to the risk of interference with witnesses and/or injured parties, a Courts Service spokeswoman confirmed.

Allen was not granted bail either, with both men remanded in custody to appear again on 13 June.

Meanwhile, two Carrickfergus women appeared in court accused of supplying false alibis in connection with the murder investigation.

Jacqueline Scanlon, 33, of Woodburn Drive; and Leanne Wilson, 34, from The Cherry Walk, are both charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

It is alleged that they provided police with a false alibi for another man linked to the case.

The pair have been released to appear again in court in July.

© UTV News
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