A COURT has heard the prosecution file on a 52-year-old man charged with murdering the well-known owner of a guesthouse in Ballymena is at an “advanced stage”.
Michael Lenaghan, who had been living at the Traveller’s Rest B&B close to Ballymena bus and railway station, is accused of murdering 67-year-old Inayat Shah on March 21 this year.
Mr Shah, who ran the Traveller’s Rest for several years, died following a stabbing incident at Galgorm Road where the B&B is located.
The case was mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court sitting in Antrim on Thursday.
The defendant is also charged with maliciously wounding another male with intent to do him grievous bodily harm and threatening to kill another male on March 21.
At a court hearing in March a defence solicitor said the defendant had “mental health” issues.
He suggested a full assessment could be carried out whilst the defendant was remanded in custody.
The solicitor claimed “a revolving door from custody culminated in this incident taking place”.
The solicitor told a court in March the defendant had not been “under the care of anyone in the community”.
No application was made for bail in March and Lenaghan had been remanded into custody.
The case was back at court on Thursday where a prosecutor said it is at an “advanced stage” and asked for a four week adjournment when she believed they would be in a position to fix a Preliminary Enquiry date.
A Preliminary Enquiry is the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court and District Judge Nigel Broderick adjourned the matter to October 8 to fix a committal date.
The defendant was further remanded in custody.