Murder accused refused bail

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Murder accused refused bail thumbnailRichard Dalzell pictured during a previous court appearance. Photo: Mark Jamieson. CC47-32s

A JUDGE has heard claims that police have received intelligence suggesting a window cleaner awaiting trial for murdering a Coleraine man has offered a cash bounty to trace prosecution witnesses in his case.
But the claims were strongly rejected by a defence lawyer for Richard Dalzell who said the names and addresses of the witnesses were already available to the accused in the court papers.
The allegation was made during an unsuccessful bail application by 38-year-old Dalzell, of Whinpark Road, Newtownards, who is in custody awaiting arraignment on charges of murdering Mark Lamont in Coleraine last year and intimidating a witness in the case.
Prosecution counsel Michael Chambers told Belfast Crown Court that the defendant and a female friend were in the Forge Bar In Coleraine on the evening of September 25, 2016.
Also present in the licensed premises was Mark Lamont and two male friends and Mr Chambers told Mr Justice Colton that there was a "bad atmosphere."
He added: "All parties had consumed significant quantities of alcohol and the defendant took up a challenge to do a press up competition with Mr Lamont."
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