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Five teenagers appear in court over Newport murder

June 14, 2021

Five teenagers have appeared in court over the robbery and murder of a 26-year-old man in South Wales.

Ryan O'Connor was allegedly seriously assaulted before being found unconscious and unresponsive in Balfe Road in Newport just after 9pm on Thursday.

The 26-year-old was later pronounced dead by paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service.

His five alleged attackers appeared at Newport Magistrates' Court on Monday.

They include Lewis Aquilina, 19, of Riverside, Cardiff, Elliot Fiteni, 19, of no fixed address, and Ethan Strickland, 18, of Caerau, Cardiff.

Two 17-year-olds cannot be named for legal reasons due to their ages.

The defendants spoke only to confirm their names and ages.

During five individual hearings, each defendant was told they are charged "jointly with others" with the murder of Mr O'Connor and accused of having robbed him of "a Gucci bag of a value unknown".

All five were remanded in custody and will appear at Newport Crown Court on Tuesday.

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