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Man accused of the murder of boy (3) to face September trial

Charged: Liam Whoriskey
Charged: Liam Whoriskey

By George Jackson

A man accused of murdering a child will go on trial in September.

Liam Whoriskey is charged with killing three-year-old Kayden McGuinness in the child's family home at Colmcille Court in the Bogside area of Londonderry on September 17, 2017.

A judge at the Crown Court in Derry announced yesterday that the trial of the 25-year-old would be held at the Bishop Street Courthouse starting in September.

Judge Philip Babington made the announcement to members of the child's family who were in court yesterday when the case was mentioned by defence barrister Ciaran Mallon QC.

The defendant, a waiter from Glenabbey Gardens in the Skeoge area of Derry, has been in custody in Maghaberry prison since June of last year charged with murdering the child.

Mr Mallon told Judge Babington that the case had given rise to very significant issues in relation to pathology and especially in relation to neuropathology. He said he had a meeting in Dublin last week with two defence medical experts - Dr Linda Mulligan, deputy state pathologist in the Republic and Mr Michael Farrell, a neuropathologist at Beaumont Hospital.

The defence barrister said as a result of those consultations, he believed that the trial, in terms of its presentation to a jury, would involve complicated medical issues and the preparation of the case would benefit from a meeting between the two defence medical experts and the two prosecution medical experts.

"I would ask that the case is reviewed on July 1 by when we would be in a position to agree a date, time and location for the experts retained by both the defence and by the Public Prosecution Service to meet and to discuss the medical issues which have arisen," he said.

"We are all agreed on the defence and prosecution sides that it would be beneficial in terms of the presentation of the case for all of the concerned medical experts to meet to consider the best way forward. This would cause absolutely no interruption with the proposed timetabling of the case. It would benefit the interests of justice if this application was granted," he said.

Meanwhile, a barrister for the PPS said it was hoped that the two prosecution medical experts, Northern Ireland State Pathologist Dr Peter Ingram and Professor Safa al-Sarraj, a consultant neuropathologist at King's College in London, would be willing to take part in such discussions.

Judge Babington granted the application to review the case on July 1.

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