Two men have been remanded in custody accused of murdering a 35-year-old man in north Belfast over the weekend.

Louis Maguire, 26, of Ardoyne Place in Belfast and 31-year-old Christopher Power, of no fixed abode but originally from Tullamore in Co Offaly, appeared before the city's Magistrates Court jointly charged with the murder.

Both men deny murdering Eamonn Ferguson.

The victim was found dead at Mr Maguire's home early on Saturday morning.

Neither accused sought bail during the brief hearing.

Mr Power's lawyer, Dennis Boyd, revealed his client was interviewed 22 times over four days.

Under cross-examination a detective involved in the murder investigation confirmed the defendant continued to deny the allegation against him.

The court heard that after being charged, Mr Power replied: "I have nothing to do with this murder." 

Mr Maguire's solicitor, Michael Madden, said he also rejected the charge.

Mr Madden added that his client would not be seeking bail as he felt unable to return to the house where his friend was killed.

Both accused were remanded in custody to appear again in four weeks' time.