Wednesday 24 October 2018

Killing victim's daughter tries to attack accused

Charlotte Reat, still carrying her wounds, was in court for the hearing. Picture: Pacemaker
Charlotte Reat, still carrying her wounds, was in court for the hearing. Picture: Pacemaker

Paul Higgins

There were emotional scenes in a Northern court when a teenager was charged with stabbing his father's girlfriend to death on Christmas Day.

As Nathan Ward (19) was being led away to the cells following the hearing at Craigavon Magistrates' Court in Co Armagh Charlotte Reat - whose mother, Jayne Toal Reat, he allegedly murdered - had to be physically restrained.

Ms Reat rushed towards the dock shouting "it's not fair, it's not fair". With a stitched wound over her right eye, Ms Reat wept as she was held back by friends and relatives, telling her "it's not worth it".

A man in the public gallery also had to be restrained by police and court security staff.

Mr Ward, who appeared in the dock with both hands in plaster, was charged with the murder of Jayne Toal Reat (43) on December 25 this year and the attempted murders of her daughter Charlotte Reat (21) and his own father Joseph Tweedie on the same date.

Yesterday in court, a detective inspector said she believed she could connect Mr Ward to the offences. As defence barrister Joel Lindsay had no application for bail, District Judge Rosie Watters remanded the alleged killer in custody to appear again at Lisburn Court on January 8 via videolink.

Irish Independent

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