A former RUC officer charged with murdering his 53-year-old wife and dumping her body in a bath is to go on trial later this year, a court has heard.
Joseph Alfred Haveron, who left the RUC almost a decade ago, appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday where he was formally arraigned for the murder of his 53-year-old wife Pauline.
The mother-of-four was found dead in her bath on April 18 2010.
Haveron (58), from Greenisland who served in the RUC for 30 years, was released on continuing bail of £25,000 for his trial which Mr Justice Weir said should take place late in the autumn.
No details surrounding the death of his wife were given to the court, but at a previous High Court hearing, defence lawyer Philip Magee SC revealed the couple had had an “open relationship” and at the time of her death, Mrs Haveron was seeing a former friend of her daughter's, who was 25 years her junior.
Mr Magee also said this was “very hurtful and difficult for him”, and the marriage began to deteriorate.
Mrs Haveron's body was found at her home in Huntingdale, Ballyclare, Co Antrim.
The court heard she had been put in a bath of water — apparently to make it look as if she drowned.
That morning a CCTV camera allegedly filmed a car said to resemble Haveron's travelling to and from the Doagh area, but Mr Magee disputed the quality of the footage and insisted fingerprints found on the bath were not his client’s.
Yesterday, Mr Magee told the court that reports were still ongoing in relation to fibres and the CCTV footage, and that they should be available late next month.
Mr Magee said the provision of the reports would not interfere with any trial start date.
The trial, which is expected to begin after the Halloween break, is expected to last between three and four weeks.