A Polish man accused of murdering his uncle who he shared a cottage with near Rasharkin has had the case sent to the Crown Court.
Marek Marcin Sinko (38), with an address at Townhill Road, is alleged to have murdered labourer Eugeniusz Sinko (53) on a date between October 20 and October 23, 2017.
Marek Sinko was first in court on the murder charge in May last year.
He had been initially arrested and questioned following the death of Eugeniusz Sinko in October 2017.
When police received a pathology report in 2018 that the cause of death was due to “traumatic brain injury” the murder charge was brought.
The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court for a Preliminary Enquiry – the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court.
A prosecutor submitted that on the basis of the papers before the court there was a case to answer.
District Judge Nigel Broderick sent the case to Antrim Court Crown, sitting in Belfast, in September.
The defendant was released on continuing bail of £500 with conditions including that he resides at his bail address and at no other.
He is not to enter ‘premises licensed for the sale and consumption of intoxicating liquor on or off the premises and further shall not consume any intoxicating liquor at any time or at any place’.
He shall ‘not possess any alcohol for himself or for any third person. He shall submit to a breathalyser examination if at any time the police consider it appropriate to require it’.