Angry scenes as murder accused appears in court
There were angry scenes yesterday at Belfast Crown Court when a man accused of murder was verbally abused.
A woman in the public gallery thumped a glass partition and shouted at Jordan Snoddy as he was led into the dock by prison staff.
Snoddy (22), from Drumbeg Drive in Newtownabbey, was charged with, and denied, murdering Robert Molloy Jones (30) in the Tiger's Bay area last June.
The father-of-one died from a serious brain injury he sustained in Parkmount Street on June 28, 2018.
Snoddy was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon - namely a wooden chair leg - on the same date, as well as three charges of assaulting police.
He pleaded not guilty to all five of the charges levelled against him.
Barrister Declan Quinn, who is representing Snoddy, revealed that the defence were awaiting expert reports on toxicology.
Mr Justice Colton noted the 'not guilty' pleas and said he was aware the defence case was one of self-defence.
A date was set for January next year for hearing and the judge returned Snoddy to custody.