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Man sent to Crown Court for Dungannon murder

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A man from East Timor has been sent to the Crown Court charged with murdering a housemate.

Appearing at Dungannon Magistrates Court for a Preliminary Enquiry, 35-year-old Tomas Hornay told the court through an interpreter that he was not objecting to the legal process but that he did not wish to give evidence himself or call witnesses on his behalf.

Hornay, originally from East Timor but now with an address at Woodvale Park in Dungannon, is accused of the murder of Luis Nazario Ximines on 1 August last year.

Mr Ximines (36) died as a result of a stabbing at the house the pair shared and police found his bloody body lying on the bed in a ground floor room.

On Wednesday, a prosecution lawyer submitted there was a Prima Facie case against Hornay and as defence lawyer Patrick Taggart had no contrary submissions, District Judge John Meehan committed Hornay to Dungannon Crown Court for trial.

Remanding Hornay back into custody, Judge Meehan listed the case for arraignment on 19 June.

 

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