Ex-soldier 'stabbed neighbour over noise'

Ex-soldier 'stabbed neighbour over noise'

A former soldier who allegedly stabbed his neighbour in an argument over noise has been committed for trial accused of attempted murder.

Appearing in the dock of Newtownards Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, James Karl Elkington remained hand-cuffed to a prison officer throughout the short preliminary enquiry.Elkington, 30, from Dufferin Avenue in Bangor, said he was not objecting to the PE and told the court he would neither give evidence himself nor call any witnesses on his behalf.A prosecution lawyer submitted there was a Prima Facie case for Elkington to answer and as his solicitor did not make any contrary submissions, District Judge Mark Hamill returned the Bangor man for trial at Downpatrick Crown Court with an arraignment next month.Elkington is accused of trying to murder his neighbour Richard Dickinson on a date between 16 - 19 September last year, wounding the 57-year-old and assaulting a police officer.Mr Dickinson was found at a flat in Dufferin Avenue shortly after midnight on 18 September having sustained multiple stab wounds in an alleged argument over noise.Elkington did not apply for bail and was remanded back into custody to appear on 8 May for arraignment.


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