A County Derry man has been remanded in custody accused of murdering a 21-year-old woman.

Jonathan James Cresswell, 33, of Briar Hill Gardens, Greysteel, has been charged with the murder of Katie Simpson on 3 August 2020.

Appearing by videolink at Dungannon Magistrates' Court yesterday morning.

He was refused bail on the grounds of risk of reoffending, risk of flight and risk of interference with witnesses and the police investigation.

A district judge ruled: "I am satisfied that the defendant's previous conviction regarding a serious domestic assault does give rise to a risk of reoffending when one compares it to the facts of this case, and his previous actions in terms of leaving the jurisdiction when being sought by police also gives rise to a risk of flight.

"His actions since August 3 2020 also gives rise to a concern regarding risk of interference with witnesses and the police investigation.

"I find that they cannot be managed by bail conditions and as a result bail is refused due to risk of reoffending, risk of flight and risk of interference with witnesses and/or police investigation."

The accused man will face Derry Magistrates' Court by videolink on 1 April.