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Murder accused out on bail at time, court told as bid to be freed from custody rejected

The scene of the killing last June
The scene of the killing last June
Jordan Snoddy, who has been charged with murder
Victim: Robert Molloy Jones

By Ashleigh McDonald

A 22-year-old man currently facing a murder charge has been refused bail by a judge.

Lord Justice Stephens determined that Jordan Snoddy, who is accused of killing 30-year-old Robert Molloy Jones, was not a suitable candidate for release following an application at the High Court yesterday.

Mr Jones, a father-of-one who was originally from Craigavon, died following an incident at Parkmount Street in Tigers Bay, north Belfast, last summer.

Snoddy, from Doonbeg Drive in Newtownabbey, is charged with murdering him on June 28, 2018 and is further accused of possessing an offensive weapon.

During the bail application defence barrister Declan Quinn said his client is claiming he acted in self-defence.

Before reaching his decision, Lord Justice Stephens heard submissions from both the Crown and defence.

Prosecution barrister Laura Ivers said that the Crown was opposing bail for a number of reasons, including concerns that Snoddy would reoffend if released. Revealing the fatal incident occurred while Snoddy was on bail for an unrelated offence, Ms Ivers said the accused was not deemed a suitable candidate.

Mr Quinn spoke of the steps Snoddy was taking to improve himself while in custody.

These include participating in a mental health programme, passing drugs tests and being made an 'enhanced' prisoner.

Regarding the offence, Mr Quinn said the core issue "will come down to pathology" and that Snoddy admitted throwing "two or three punches", but said he acted in self-defence after claiming he was struck by the deceased.

Urging the judge to release Snoddy with strict conditions imposed, Mr Quinn said "the court can have confidence he will refrain from drugs".

While he accepted Snoddy was an enhanced prisoner and was "making an attempt to engage in various courses within the prison", Lord Justice Stephens said he had to take into account the fact Snoddy was on bail when the incident occurred.

Lord Justice Stephens said he believed that there was a prima facie case for murder.

He added: "The evidence as to what has taken place will require a very careful analysis of the pathology evidence."

The judge spoke of a lack of confidence that Snoddy would adhere to bail conditions if he was released and raised concerns over potential reoffending if he "went back to drink and drugs".

Concluding that he did not consider Snoddy suitable for release, Lord Justice Stephens refused the bail application.

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