Man (19) to stand trial accused of robbing and murdering Syrian refugee in Belfast
A 19-year old man is to stand trial later this year accused of robbing and murdering a Syrian refugee in the centre of Belfast, a court heard heard on Friday.
Callin Wilson, of no fixed abode, appeared at Belfast Crown Court, where he denied murdering Hazem Ahmed Ghreir last summer.
Mr Ghreir - who was in his 30s - died after he was stabbed at Downshire Place in the centre of Belfast on June 4 last year. At the time, police said the incident was not being treated as a hate crime.
Earlier today Wilson was charged with murdering Mr Ghreir. When the charge was put to him, he replied "not guilty." He was also charged with, and denied, stealing Mr Ghreir's mobile phone, as well as possessing a knife in a public place.
After Wilson entered "not guilty" pleas to all three charges, his barrister Joel Lindsay told the court he was in the process of obtaining a report "from an expert in relation to Asperger's".
Crown prosecutor Ciaran Murphy QC then informed Mr Justice Colton he was expecting the trial to be "relatively short" and said it would take around two weeks.
Mr Justice Colton set the trial date for May 8, and said he would review the case next month. He then ordered Wilson be returned to custody.
Belfast Telegraph Digital