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Grandfather killer facing assault charges


AN Omagh teenager who strangled his grandfather to death in April 2009 has appeared in court on charges of assault and causing criminal damage.

Eamonn Coyle, 19, whose address was given as Drumlegagh Road South, Drumquin, appeared before Enniskillen Magistrates Court last Monday.

He was charged with assaulting a named male causing him actual bodily harm. He was also accused of assaulting a police officer, resisting four police officers and causing damage to a PSNI vehicle.

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The teenager is alleged to have committed the offences the previous day, Sunday. He was refused bail by District Judge Benita Boyd and remanded in custody. An application for bail to the High Court on Friday was withdrawn by his solicitor.

Coyle will appear back before Omagh Magistrates Court by videolink on March 6.

Formerly of Holmview Terrace, Omagh, Coyle was 16-years-old when he stabbed his grandfather Francis O’Neill in the neck and strangled him for £80 to pay his rent. He was at liberty on licence until November next year although that is likely to be reviewed in light of the current charges.

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