Ex-soldier from Bangor faces attempted murder trial
A former soldier who allegedly stabbed his neighbour in an argument over noise has been committed for trial accused of attempted murder.
James Karl Elkington remained hand-cuffed to a prison officer throughout a short preliminary enquiry at Newtownards court yesterday.
Elkington (30), from Dufferin Avenue in Bangor, said he was not objecting to the enquiry and told the court he would neither give evidence himself nor call any witnesses.
A prosecution lawyer submitted there was a prima facie case for Elkington to answer as his solicitor did not make any contrary submissions.
District Judge Mark Hamill returned the Bangor man for trial.
Elkington is accused of trying to murder Richard Dickinson in September last year, wounding the 57-year-old and assaulting a police officer.
Mr Dickinson was found at a flat in Dufferin Avenue shortly after midnight on September 18 having sustained multiple stab wounds in an alleged argument.