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Man facing trial over kidnap bid

By Alan Erwin

Published 13/04/2016

Gareth McClurg appeared in court charged with using force or fraud in an attempt to take or carry away the alleged victim against her will
Gareth McClurg appeared in court charged with using force or fraud in an attempt to take or carry away the alleged victim against her will

A man accused of trying to kidnap a woman in Belfast has been ordered to stand trial.

Gareth McClurg appeared in court charged with using force or fraud in an attempt to take or carry away the alleged victim against her will.

The 23-year-old, whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry, is accused of committing the offence at a location in the city last August.

During a preliminary hearing at Belfast Magistrates Court, prosecutors contended that McClurg had a case to answer. Defence lawyer Pat Kelly made no contrary submissions.

McClurg declined an opportunity to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall then granted a prosecution application to have him returned for Crown Court trial on a date to be fixed.

With no application for bail, McClurg is to remain in custody.

His solicitor confirmed he would be seeking to have a senior barrister represent him at the trial.

Mr Kelly also told the court of plans to secure psychiatric reports dealing with any mental illness suffered by McClurg.

The lawyer said: "He's a very unwell young man."

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