DEPORTED English pair extradited from Ireland appear in court over alleged feud murder
Duo accused in 'bad blood' stabbing fled from scene in England and were found in Mayo by gardai
Two men who fled from the UK to Ireland after allegedly carrying out a feud murder have been extradited back to England where they have appeared in court together charged with murder.
Kane Luke Hull (29), of no fixed abode, and Liam Craig Porter, of Fulmar Place, Carlisle, were arrested in Mayo last September, 10 days after the murder of Ryan Kirkpatrick.
Mr Kirkpatrick was stabbed to death as part of suspected feud in the English city of Carlisle, which is close to the Scottish border.
Hull and Porter were arrested by gardai in the Carracastle area of Mayo on September 28 on foot of Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) warrants.
They were extradited back to the UK in recent weeks and both men appeared in court together for the first time last Friday week for a pre-trial hearing.
Hull and Porter have both been charged with murdering Mr Kirkpatrick and a second charge of manslaughter alleges the unlawful killing. The second charge gives jurors an alternative should they not find the men guilty murder.
Porter faces a third charge of allegedly assisting an offender.
Hull had made his first appearance in court days earlier where he spoke briefly to confirm his name and date of birth.
When asked to confirm his address, he replied: "I haven't got one."
Porter was the first of the two to appear in court charged with the killing after his extradition hearing took place in Ireland ahead of Hull's hearing at the end of February.
They have both been remanded in custody to May 13 when they will enter their pleas.
Kirkpatrick was stabbed to death outside a busy restaurant at Carlyle Court, Carlisle, at 8.45pm on September 18 last year.
According to a warrant issued by British authorities, and additional information they provided ahead of the extradition, there had been a feud between Hull and Kirkpatrick prior to the stabbing.
Kirkpatrick had spent the afternoon celebrating with his family and friends after a family christening and they were all socialising in a courtyard.
It is alleged that Hull and Porter had been drinking at another pub in the city and received a phone call from Porter's sister at 7.55pm on the night.
Hull and Porter then drove to Carlyle Court and Porter went into the courtyard while Hull waited in the car.
"There is material to show that there was bad blood between Kane Hull and Ryan Kirkpatrick," authorities allege.
"Porter, as one of Kane Hull's close associates, would have been well aware of this feud."
Porter spotted Kirkpatrick and then phoned Hull, who came and assaulted Kirkpatrick around 15 minutes before the stabbing.
Prosecutors allege one of the men involved in the attack can be heard saying "that f*****g b*****d got me locked up last time". "CCTV shows Hull assault Ryan Kirkpatrick and both Hull and Liam Porter then leave the scene before returning later," the warrant stated. "A vehicle associated with Hull also leaves the scene.
"The two males then return to the scene, both of these males are now disguised with hoods and face masks. Ryan Kirkpatrick is then fatally stabbed by Kane Hull. Part of this incident is shown on CCTV.
"Liam Porter is wearing a distinctive top on both occasions. A police officer has identified Kane Hull from CCTV as being the person responsible for the stabbing. The officer has been able to identify Hull as his hood slips during the incident."
It is alleged that Hull stabbed Kirkpatrick up to four times with a knife during the attack. The victim died at the scene.
"Kane Hull, as he has been identified by a police officer, runs straight at Ryan Kirkpatrick with a knife and stabs him.
"He then appears to chase Ryan Kirkpatrick around the courtyard before stabbing him a further three times at least," authorities allege.
"Kane Hull and Liam Porter then fled in a vehicle linked to Kane Hull. This vehicle was later found and had been set on fire. Kane Hull and Liam Porter remained at large together before leaving the UK on the 22nd September 2021 to travel to Northern Ireland and then to Ireland."
They left the UK in a stolen vehicle and were picked up by gardai on September 28.
Neither man entered pleas when they appeared in court in Carlisle but will have an opportunity to so at their next court appearance on Friday, May 13.
Should they plead not guilty their trial is due to start in October and is estimated to take two weeks.
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