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Orangeman faces trial after teen hurt in flashpoint crash

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 09/04/2016

Police free the teenage girl who was trapped under the car
Police free the teenage girl who was trapped under the car
John Aughey leaves court yesterday

A north Belfast Orangeman who was arrested after his car was in a collision with a group of pedestrians at a notorious flashpoint, is to stand trial later this year on seven charges arising from the incident, a court heard.

John Alexander Aughey is accused of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving to a teenage girl who got trapped underneath his car at the Ardoyne shopfronts.

The collision occurred on the evening of July 13 last year amid heightened tensions in the area following a Parades Commission determination not to allow an Orange Lodge and flute band to walk past the shop fronts on their return journey.

The 62-year-old Orangeman, from Brae Hill Park in the Ballysillan area, appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday where he denied causing injuries to the teenager by driving dangerously on the Crumlin Road. Aughey also denied a charge of causing the same girl grievous bodily harm, as well as denying causing actual bodily harm to another female.

In addition, he replied "not guilty" to a second charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and denied three separate common assault charges.

The case is due to be reviewed at the same court on May 20, with the trial date set for September 12.

After denying all the charges levelled against him, Aughey was released on continuing bail by Judge Sandra Crawford.

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