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Belfast man Weir to stand trial for attempted murder of father

James Anderson Weir appeared before Downpatrick Crown Court on Monday (stock photo)
James Anderson Weir appeared before Downpatrick Crown Court on Monday (stock photo)

By Paul Higgins

A Belfast man is to go on trial for attempted murder after he denied trying to kill his father.

Standing in the dock of Downpatrick Crown Court on Monday, 67-year-old James Anderson Weir entered a not guilty plea to the single count against him.

Weir, of Manor Street in Belfast, is accused of attempting to murder his father James Weir Snr on November 24 last year.

Nothing of the facts were opened during Weir’s brief court appearance, but an earlier court heard how staff at the Newtownards care home contacted police after they saw Weir holding a pillow above his father’s face, believing he was trying to “suffocate” his dad.

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 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 20 September.

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