Portuguese trial adjourned after witness changes evidence

The trial of two men accused of murdering Inishowen based businessman Paul Houston in Portugal last September has been dramatically adjourned, after a witness admitted lying in his original testiomony.

Mr Houston, owner of Houston's Shoes on Strand Road in Derry was on holiday in Alvor, Portugal, when he was found beaten to death.

Two men denied murder, claiming self defence, but now a key witness has said one of the defendants admitted killing Mr Houston.

27 year old Jones Dos Santos and 20 year old Diago Dias both admit they were involved in a fight with Paul Houston in Portimao on September 6th last year.

However, in their evidence, they claimed they acted in self-defence during a fight, and Mr Houston was sitting up when they left him.

However, a friend of the men now admits that he lied in his evidence previously, and claims that Dos Santos said "Let's leave because I just killed someone."

Ebert Sergio said Mr Dos Santos was sober and knew exactly what he was doing.

The witness said he was now telling the truth because he felt guilty.

It had been thought the two would be sentenced yesterday, but that's now been adjourned until the seventh of next month.