Two in court over Tang murder

Published Saturday, 12 May 2012
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Two men have been remanded into custody after they were charged with murdering Carrickfergus businessman Simon Tang almost 16 years ago.

Two in court over Tang murder
Chinese businessman Simon Tang, murdered in Carrickfergus in 1996. (© Tang family.)

Paul Allen, 38, from Drumhoy Drive and 36-year-old George Robinson from The Hollies, both Carrickfergus appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Mr Tang, 28, who was married with two sons, was beaten and robbed as he left his takeaway business in the town on 25 June 1996.

The attackers stole his watch and less than £400 in cash. Mr Tang, an Oxford University graduate, was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

A detective sergeant told the court he believed he could connect both men to the murder, with the main evidence against Mr Allen provided by two witnesses, known as A and B.

He said that witness A had come forward at the time of the murder and had made several statements but that witness B, through fear, had only come forward to make a statement in the last year.

A defence solicitor for Mr Allen said that his client had given a "full account" both during 20 interviews when initially arrested in 1996 and again this past week since his arrest last Tuesday.

The solicitor also said that the accounts of both witnesses A and B were "replete with mistakes, inconsistencies, vagaries and ultimately confusion".

However the officer refuted the suggestion, telling the court that in his view while there were discrepancies: "I believe that we have good evidence to connect your client to the murder of Mr Tang".

In refusing the bail application and remanding the pair into custody to appear again this Wednesday, District Judge Amanda Henderson said she would view any potential bail applications if there were suitable addresses outside Carrick.

© UTV News
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