15 May 2006

Murdered boy's body released for funeral


15/05/2006 - 17:33:21

Murdered Catholic schoolboy Michael McIlveen’s body was released today in preparation for his funeral.

As another 15-year-old appeared in court accused of the sectarian killing that has horrified Northern Ireland, the Coroner’s Office completed its post mortem examinations.

Michael’s funeral is now expected to bring his hometown of Ballymena, Co Antrim, to a standstill later this week.

The 15-year-old St Patrick’s High School pupil was beaten to death by a gang earlier this month.

He was cornered and attacked with a baseball bat after being chased as he bought a late-night takeaway pizza.

With five teenagers already accused of the murder, the latest youth to be charged appeared before a magistrate in Coleraine, Co Derry.

A 16-year-old was also in the dock on a charge of causing affray.

Both the accused, who cannot be identified but deny the charges, were remanded in custody after the court was told their safety could not be guaranteed because of rising tensions in Ballymena.

Threats have been made against their families, a detective opposing bail said.

The youths will appear by video link with the co-accused at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court next month.

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