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Jason Carr jailed for life after admitting murder of Romanian fisherman

Jason Carr. Photo: Paul Higgins
Jason Carr. Photo: Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins

A Co Down man was jailed for life on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to the murder of a Romanian fisherman.

At Downpatrick Crown Court, defence QC Gavan Duffy asked for the charges to be put to Jason Carr again and it was then that Carr, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Thursday, pleaded guilty to the killing on May 24 2018.

Carr, from Crew Hill Court in Ardglass, also confessed to 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 two days before the murder, on May 22.

Mr Zait, a 45-year-old Romanian fisherman 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.

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Victim Stefan Zait

Following Carr’s confessions, Judge Geoffrey Miller QC told the killer that for the offence of murder “there is only one sentence proscribed by law, that of life imprisonment.”

Remanding Carr into custody, the judge ordered various reports to be compiled and listed a tariff hearing, when he will set the minimum period Carr was stay in jail before being considered for release, for 21 February.

Many of his friends and relatives had filled the public gallery, many of them crying and shaking their heads at the court proceedings with one telling the killer “keep your head up Jason” as he was leads in handcuffs to the cells.

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

He is to go on trial for that offence this Monday.

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