The Portstewart man charged with murdering his mother, a well known hairdresser, at their Knockancor Drive home last June, appeared via video link at North Antrim Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday).
Alun Kinney Evans (33) also faces a charge of being in possession of a class ‘B’ drug with intent to supply.
The victim, Margaret Evans, 69, also known as Margo, was found beaten at her home in the seaside town on June 4 last year
During Monday’s short sitting, Evans only spoke to say his name.
The defendant had been an inpatient at the Knockbracken Hospital in Belfast.
However, he was moved to Magheraberry Prison in December when the Mental Health Order detaining him expired.
Monday’s court heard that the directing officer in the case has outlined that Preliminary Enquiry papers will be ready for mid May.
A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) also informed that Senior Counsel had given an ‘oral direction’ on the case to the PPS.
District Judge Liam McNally said he was happy with the progress of the case, and remanded Evans in custody.
He will reappear again, via video link on April 20.