Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Man accused of killing pensioner to stand trial

A man is to stand trial charged with the manslaughter of a pensioner who suffered head injuries at a Belfast bus stop, a judge has ruled.

Gareth Ashe (31) is accused of the unlawful killing of 72-year-old John Hickey in January this year.

Mr Hickey, from north Belfast, was injured in an incident outside Central Library in the city centre.

He was taken to hospital but later died.

Ashe, of Forthriver Road, Belfast, appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court yesterday to establish if he has a case to answer.

No details of events leading up to Mr Hickey's death were disclosed during the preliminary enquiry hearing.

District Judge Harry McKibbin held that there was a prima facie case against the accused.

He ordered Ashe to be returned to Belfast Crown Court for trial on a date to be fixed at a later time.

The accused was subsequently released on continuing bail until those court proceedings get underway.

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