Latvian charged with mum's murder told he will face trial
A Latvian man is to stand trial later this year accused of murdering his mother in Portavogie last December.
Viktors Arustampovs denies that he killed 52-year-old Lila Aroustamova on a date between December 10 and 13 last year.
The 25-year-old was arrested after the woman's remains were discovered in a house on Main Street in the Co Down fishing village.
The accused, whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry, appeared yesterday at Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, where via a translator he was charged with murdering his mother.
Arustampovs said: "I plead not guilty for murder and I plead guilty for manslaughter."
After the plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility was entered, prosecuting barrister Sam Magee said, "That plea is not being accepted by the Crown", telling Mr Justice Treacy the accused would be standing trial for murder.
A solicitor for Arustampovs said that since his arrest last December, his client had been transferred from prison to a secure unit at Knockbracken Healthcare Park on the outskirts of Belfast. The solicitor added Arustampovs will undergo further medical assessments before his trial.
The case is listed for review next month, with a trial date set for December 5. The hearing is due to be held at Downpatrick Crown Court and is expected to last five days.
Following yesterday's short hearing, Arustampovs was remanded back into custody at Knockbracken.