Six Co Antrim men have gone on trial accused of the murder of a Catholic schoolboy in Ballymena in May 2006.

15-year-old Mchael McIlveen died from brain injuries the day after he was chased and attacked by a group of Protestant youths in the centre of the town.

The six accused, who are aged between 17 and 22, deny the murder charge.

A seventh defendant aged 18 is accused of affray and criminal damage.

The prosecution claims the three Catholic youths, including Michael McIlveen, were chased by a large group of Protestants into an alleyway near a car park.

The prosecution say Michael and one of his friends were attacked while the other friend escaped.

The schoolboy returned home after the attack but was later taken to hospital by ambulance and died the following day from brain injuries.