Murdered businessman ‘stabbed 17 times’, court is told

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Murdered Randalstown businessman Nelson Cheung was stabbed 17 times in a “savage and brutal” attack, a court has heard.

Three men and a woman were remanded in custody on charges relating to the murder of the 65-year-old at Caddy Road on January 8, when they appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Augusto Fernando Virgilio Correia (33), a welder, from Grant Avenue, Randalstown; Christopher David Menaul (25), unemployed of Barra Street, Antrim; and Gary William Thompson (32), an engineer, of Cunningham Way, Antrim, are all accused of the murder of Mr Cheung and the attempted murder of his wife Winnie.

They are further charged with attempting to rob Mr Cheung of cash and with robbing Mrs Cheung of a handbag, iPad, iPhone, £200 in cash and bank cards.

Menaul faces a further charge of burglary at a property in Randalstown a few days before Mr Cheung’s murder.

Gary Thompson’s estranged wife, Lisa Thompson (32), a care assistant, of Cunningham Way, is accused of handling a stolen iPhone and with perverting the course of justice by giving a false account to police regarding Gary Thompson’s movements.

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