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Jury was 'wrongly advised' by judge

Jurors who convicted a man of trying to kill another man by battering him about the head with an iron bar were wrongly advised, the Court of Appeal has heard.

Lawyers for James Greer claimed the trial judge misdirected them on whether any adverse inference should be drawn from his initial silence during police questioning.

Greer (30), formerly of Rathkyle in Antrim, is seeking to overturn a verdict that he attempted to murder Anthony McCrystal in June 2011. He is serving a minimum eight-and-a-half year prison sentence for the attack in Ballymena, Co Antrim.

At trial, it was set out that Mr McCrystal (50) was in the Doury Road estate to confront Greer with a metre-long metal bar.

One blow was struck before Greer, claiming to have acted in self-defence, seized the weapon and inflicted multiple blows to the victim.

Judgment before a panel of three judges was reserved.

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