23 year old appears in court charged with murder of toddler

A 23-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a three-year-old boy in Derry.

Liam Whoriskey, of Glenabbey Gardens, Derry is charged with the murder of toddler Kayden McGuinness.

Three-year-old Kayden was found dead at an address in the city on September 17th, last year.

There was a visible police presence in the courtroom at Derry Magistrates Court for the hearing today.

An investigating officer told the court that he believed he could connect the accused to the offence.

During a brief hearing, the defendant spoke only to confirm he understood the charge.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said there would be no application for bail at this stage.

However, he said it is anticipated an application will be made in the ‘next week or so’.

Liam Whoriskey was remanded in custody to appear in court again via videolink on July 5.

As he was led from the dock, there were jeers and shouts for someone in the public gallery towards the defendant.