Attempted murder accused granted bail
A Belfast man is to go on trial for attempted murder after he denied trying to kill his father.
Standing in the dock at Downpatrick Crown Court yesterday, 67-year-old James Anderson Weir entered a not guilty plea to the single count against him.
Weir, from Manor Street in north Belfast, is accused of attempting to murder his father James Weir snr on November 24 last year.
The facts were not opened during Weir's brief appearance yesterday.
However, an earlier court heard how staff at a Newtownards care home contacted police after they saw Weir holding a pillow above his father's face, believing he was trying to "suffocate" him.
Having taken the pillow off him, Mr Weir snr was examined by a doctor and taken to hospital while his intoxicated son was arrested.
Applying for Weir to be freed on continuing bail, defence counsel Conan Rea revealed yesterday that Mr Weir snr has sadly passed away since the incident, so the defendant had no cause to be going back to the care home.
Freeing Weir on bail, Judge Geoffrey Millar QC listed the trial for November 18, adding that he would review the case on September 20.