June 6, 2015
Turkish national Orhan Koca has been remanded in custody charged with murdering the son of a former boxing champion.
There were emotional scenes at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court when the 32-year-old barman appeared in the dock.
Eamonn Magee Jnr, 22, was stabbed to death as he went to check on a pizza delivery in the early hours of Saturday morning.
His father Eamonn Magee Snr, a former WBU welterweight title holder, was supported in court by a large crowd.
As Koca was led from the dock, the boxer made an emotional outburst aimed at the defendant.
Earlier, District Judge Des Perry had warned he would clear the court if the hearing was disrupted.
He said: “If proceedings are disrupted in any way, understand this is a very, very emotional situation, I will have no hesitation in clearing the court.”
Koca, who has no fixed abode, spoke to confirm his name and that he understood the murder charge against him.
Mr Magee, who had followed his father into the boxing ring and had a promising career ahead of him, was also studying engineering at university.
Police believe his killer lay in wait while he visited a friend’s house in the Summerhill Park area of West Belfast.
The court was told Koca, a father of three young children, had consistently denied murder from the moment of his arrest and throughout 19 police interviews.