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Court hears man charged with murdering a man in Limavady is expected to make a bail application before the end of April

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A man charged with murdering a man in Limavady will make a bail application before the end of the month, his defence solicitor told Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday.

Karl Mark John Watson (32) of Glenview Drive in Limavady is accused of murdering 23-year-old Darren McGurk last month.

He is also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by allegedly trying to interfere with a witness.

Police had received a report that Mr McGurk had sustained a serious head injury following an assault at a house in the Glenbeg Walk area of Limavady.

He had been taken to hospital where he died a number of days later.

The accused had been originally charged with grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Following Mr McGurk’s death the defendant was further arrested and charged with murder.

When Watson first appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on March 25 a prosecutor said she was asking for a remand in custody.

A defence solicitor told the March 25 court he had been “specifically instructed” not to make a bail application.

He told the court: “My client’s family have asked on their behalf to extend their sincere condolences to the McGurk family on this tragic situation.

“It is a close-knit community.”

The defendant had been remanded in custody to appear back at Coleraine Magistrates Court on April 15.

On Monday the defendant appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

A prosecutor said the full file in the case is not due until May 20.

A defence solicitor said a bail application will be made in two weeks and Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer further remanded the defendant in custody and adjourned the case to April 29.

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