Belfast Telegraph

Man denies murder of Romanian fisherman in Ardglass

By Paul Higgins

A 20-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a fisherman in Ardglass, Co Down.

Jason Carr, from Castle Heights in Ardglass, spoke only to confirm that he understood two charges against him.

He is accused of the murder of 45-year-old Stefan Zait last Tuesday.

There were emotional scenes in court on Saturday as the Co Down man was remanded into custody.

Friends and family of Carr filled two rows of seats in the public gallery at Newtownards Magistrates Court for the hearing, many of the women among them crying quietly as he was led to the cells, waving at them as he went.

Carr is accused of attempted aggravated burglary at a property on Crew Hill Court in the fishing village with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on Stefan Zait, and with Mr Zait's murder, on May 22 this year.

In court on Saturday, PSNI Detective Sergeant Lewis testified that she believed she could connect Carr to each of the offences.

Defence barrister Sean Doherty told the court that while Carr denies both offences, he was not applying for bail "out of respect for the family of the deceased".

Having heard it was the defence and prosecution application for a three-week adjournment, District Judge Prytherch remanded Carr into custody to appear at Downpatrick Magistrates' Court via video-link on June 14.

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