Murder case set for further delay due to officer’s sickness

Nelson Cheung
Nelson Cheung

The case of three men and a woman facing charges relating to the murder of Randalstown businessmen Nelson Cheung is set for a further delay, a court has heard.

Gary Thompson (33), of Cunningham Way, Antrim; Virgilio Augusto Fernando Correia (34), of Grant Avenue, Randalstown; and Christopher David Menaul (26), of Barra Street, Antrim, are accused of killing Mr Cheung and the attempted murder of his wife Winnie on a date between January 6-9.

Thompson’s wife Lisa Thompson (33), of Cunningham Way, is accused of handling a stolen iPhone belong to Mrs Cheung and with perverting the course of justice by providing a false account of the movements of her husband.

Ballymena Magistrates Court was told last week that a delay has arisen in the case due to the Directing Officer in the case being on a period of sick leave.

District Judge Peter King further remanded the defendants - the Thompsons on continuing bail and Correia and Menaul in custody - to appear again at Ballymena Magistrates Court on October 22.

“I would expect (on that date) Judge Perry to hear that there is a Directing Officer attending to these issues - if not the original Directing Officer, I would expect a reallocation before then.

“A case of this profile and importance cannot be allowed to gather dust.

“This is an extremely important case - there is a vast amount of public interest in having it expedited,” the judge added.