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Father of murder accused and a woman also face charges in case

Defendant Jason Carr arriving at court
Defendant Jason Carr arriving at court
Victim Stefan Zait

By Paul Higgins

The father of a man accused of murdering a Romanian fisherman was yesterday charged along with a woman with offences related to the killing.

The preliminary enquiry into the case against alleged killer Jason Carr (21), his father David Brian Carr (50) and 35-year-old Nicola Goulding was listed at Downpatrick Magistrates Court.

But following defence applications, it was adjourned for four weeks.

Defence solicitor Joe Mulholland told the court he had just received a "substantive" amount of legal papers so had not yet been able to consult with David Carr or Goulding.

Jason Carr, from Crew Hill Court in Ardglass, is accused of four offences: assaulting Stefan Zait, stealing a bottle of vodka from him and causing criminal damage to the front door of a property next door to his on May 22 last year, as well as the murder of Mr Zait on May 24.

His father, from Kildare Court, also in Ardglass, is charged with witness intimidation on May 22, when he allegedly threatened Mr Zait "not to contact police or press charges against Jason Carr, which intimidated him and was intended to intimidate him".

Goulding, from St Josephs Close in the fishing village, faces an accusation of perverting the course of justice on June 1 last year, when she is alleged to have "made a false statement that Stefan Zait produced a knife during a confrontation with Jason Carr".

Mr Zait, who was 45, died on May 24, two days after being taken to hospital with head injuries including a blood clot to the brain and suspected fractured jaw.

The Crown case, as outlined when Jason Carr was granted bail at the High Court, is that the victim and Carr had an initial altercation outside the victim's home on Crew Hill Court.

Instead of fighting back, Mr Zait sought sanctuary on the Strangford Road.

Carr allegedly followed him and attacked him in the garden of a property on Lighthouse Cove in the village.

The court was told that Mr Zait was allegedly punched about the head, knocking him to the ground and, while lying prone Carr is alleged to have stepped back and delivered what was described as a "powerful" kick to his face.

Further blows were then inflicted after he lost consciousness, the court heard.

According to witness statements, Mr Zait did not fight back at any stage and there were claims that as Jason Carr was driven away from the scene, he was heard shouting racist abuse with the comment "dirty foreigner b******".

Adjourning the preliminary enquiry yesterday, District Judge Amanda Brady freed Carr on continuing bail and ordered him to appear again on February 28.

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