'Large quantity of witnesses' promised in murder trial of young man who died after 'frenzied' attack
A jury has been sworn in to hear the trial of a man accused of murdering Kyle Neil last year.
A judge told the panel of six men and six women sitting at Downpatrick Crown court that the case is expected to last up to four weeks.
On trial is Wesley Harry Vance (27), formerly of Church Gate Studios in Comber.
He denies murdering Mr Neil (23) at a house at Mill Street, Comber, Co Down on April 12 last year.
It is alleged Mr Neil sustained multiple knife wounds in the attack which was described by police at the time as “frenzied”.
His remains were allegedly then placed in the boot of a Ford Fiesta car which was found abandoned in Windsor Road, south Belfast, in the early hours of April 12, 2015.
Also in the dock was co-accused Stephanie Todd (26), from Russell Court in Belfast.
She denies a charge of assisting offenders by allegedly driving the Fiesta car with Mr Neil’s body in the boot from Mill Street, Comber, to Windsor Road in Belfast.
Todd also denies driving the car at the time with excess alcohol.
The court was told that “a large quantity of witnesses, both civilian, police and expert” would be called to give evidence at the trial.
Addressing the jury, Mr Justice Colton said: “At all times throughout this trial, these defendants are innocent.
“You will only decide the case when you have heard all the evidence.”
The trial judge also cautioned members of the jury against speaking to any family members or friends about the trial they are sitting on.
Mr Justice Colton warned: “It is also an important factor that you should not do any research on this case either on the internet or on Facebook. Just decide this case on what your hear, what you read and what you see.”
The jury were released for the day and told to return on Tuesday morning for the start of the trial.