Three face trial on charges linked to murder of trawlerman
A Co Down man is to go on trial later this year charged with the murder of a Romanian fisherman.
Jason Carr appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday to be arraigned on four charges.
Carr (21), of Crew Hill Court, Ardglass, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Stefan Zait on May 24, 2018.
Mr Zait (45) died following an assault in the fishing village.
Carr also denied a charge of causing criminal damage to the door of a house at Crew Hill Court two days earlier on May 22, 2018.
He further pleaded not guilty to assaulting Mr Zait and stealing a bottle of vodka from him on the same date.
Also in the dock was his 50-year-old father, David Brian Carr, of Kildare Court, also in Ardglass. He pleaded not guilty to threatening Mr Zait on May 22 last year, telling him "not to contact police or press charges against Jason Carr".
A third defendant, Nicola Goulding (35), of St Joseph's Close, Ardglass, denied a charge of perverting the course of justice. The charge against her stated that on June 1, 2018, she made a "false statement to police that Stefan Zait produced a knife during a confrontation with Jason Carr".
A defence barrister for Jason Carr, Eugene Grant QC, told the court that a registered intermediary may be required for his trial.
Mr Justice Colton set the trial date for October 7 this year.
He released all three defendants on continuing bail ahead of their trial, which is expected to take place at Downpatrick Crown Court.
Mr Zait was originally from Romania and had been living here for six years.
He worked on fishing vessels in Ardglass.