Two people brought before Dungannon court charged with murder of Sligoman Pat Ward

A man and woman have appeared in court in the North charged with the murder of 30-year-old Sligoman Pat Ward in County Tyrone.

The accused, Niall Cox, 23, and Karen McDonald, 33, both of McCrea Park, Clogher, Co Tyrone, were brought before Dungannon Magistrates Courthouse earlier today.

More than 50 family and friends of the married father of four watched proceedings from the public gallery.

Ward’s wife Ellie carried a framed photograph of her husband during the short court hearing.

Police officers stood between the public gallery and the rest of the court.

There were shouts as the pair entered the court.

District Judge John Meehan warned: “I will clear this court if people don’t respect the fact this is a court. There will be no breach of the peace here.”

The two accused were remanded in custody for four weeks and will next appear by video link on March 13th.

Ward was found dead in an alleyway at McCrea Park on Saturday morning