image source, Phelan family image caption The father of two, Brian Phelan, died after being stabbed on a rural road near Newry in 2018
A 30-year-old man was convicted of the murder of Brian Phelan on the outskirts of Newry in July 2018.
Mr. Phelan was stabbed three times in the neck and twice times in the body during an attack on a Carriv remote controlekeeney Road, near the village of Camlough.
He had been there with Daniel Martin James Carroll, from Edward Street in Portadown, but originally from Newry.
Carroll was convicted of Mr Phelan 's murder at Newry Crown Court on Wednesday.
During a two week trial, the court heard that on the day of his death, Mr Phelan had met Carroll in Bessbrook before going to the road with the intention of buying quads.
The road, which runs along the side of Camlough mountain, effectively ends in a dead end for vehicles, but a path crosses the mountain.
The accused 'fled the scene '
It was the case with the defense that three men with paramilitary links appeared from a nearby field, attacked Mr. Phelan, threatened him, and then fled towards the mountain.
Although he said he knew them, Carroll did not name the men saying his life and that of his family were in danger.
The defense said the mountain path could have been accessed by small vehicles such as quads.
However, the prosecution stated this version of events, which Carroll argued 15 months after Brian Phelan's death, was complete nonsense.
He said the accused attacked the victim and then fled the scene, changing his T-shirt before being arrested almost two hours later at a member's home. family in Newry.
While no specific motive was identified, the jury was made aware of Carroll's previous case, which included unprovoked violence.
While testifying, a police officer also suggested that there may have been a financial disagreement between the two men.
A jury of six men and five women took less than 90 minutes to reach a unanimous guilty verdict.
Social distancing meant that only a small number of people hadMis and members of Brian Phelan 's family were allowed into the courtroom.
There were moving scenes of those in the public gallery with a loud cheer from the adjacent foyer.
Before being sent off, the judge told Carroll that he would be sentenced to eg imprisonment.
A tariff hearing to determine the minimum time he will spend in prison before being considered for parole will be set for November.