'Non jury trial' in house attack case

THREE men charged with an attack on a house in Hollymount Park have learned that they are likely to face a non-jury trial.

Monday, 27th September 2010, 9:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th September 2010, 1:20 pm

Raymond Martin Whitehouse (44) of Eden Terrace, his son 19-year-old Jordan Whitehouse, of Thornlea Gardens and 22-year-old. Christopher Anthony David Boast, of Gelvin Grange are jointly charged with the attack on the Waterside house on December 18, last year.

The charges include aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, criminal damage, threats to kill and possessing an offensive weapon.

Boast is further charged with possession of an imitation firearm and ammunition.

All three men declined to say anything in answer to the charges and defence solicitors accepted there was a prima facie case to answer on their behalf.

The prosecutor told the court that it was likely the trial would be moved to Belfast to be heard by a judge only.

Raymond and Jordan Whitehouse were released on continuing bail and Boast was remanded in custody until the case is mentioned at Londonderry Crown Court on October 13.