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Orangeman for trial over teen girl hit by car

By Alan Erwin

Published 10/03/2016

An Orangeman has been ordered to stand trial accused of grievously injuring a teenage girl hit by a car at a north Belfast flashpoint
An Orangeman has been ordered to stand trial accused of grievously injuring a teenage girl hit by a car at a north Belfast flashpoint

An Orangeman has been ordered to stand trial accused of grievously injuring a teenage girl hit by a car at a north Belfast flashpoint.

John Aughey is also alleged to have carried out assaults on other men and women in the Ardoyne area on July 13 last year.

The 62-year-old was arrested following the incident on the Crumlin Road, close to the scene of disorder over a banned Orange parade.

Aughey, with an address at Mullan Road in Ballymoney, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday for a preliminary enquiry hearing. He is charged with causing grievous bodily injury to the girl by dangerous driving.

She suffered multiple broken bones in the collision, including a shattered pelvis, after being trapped under a vehicle.

Aughey also faces counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm to her, assault occasioning actual bodily harm to two other people, and three common assaults. Defence counsel Richard McConkey did not challenge prosecution submissions that his client had a prima facie case to answer.

Aughey was released on continuing bail to return on the date of his arraignment.

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