PROSECUTION papers are being finalised regarding a man charged with murdering Inyat Shah, the owner of the Traveller’s Rest B&B in Ballymena, the town’s Magistrates Court has been told.
Mr Shah (67), who ran the Traveller’s Rest for several years, and lived in the premises, was stabbed to death in March this year.
Michael Lenaghan (52) – with an address listed as that of the Traveller’s Rest – is charged in relation to March 21 this year.
On the same date he is also charged with wounding another man with intent to do him actual bodily harm and making a threat to kill another man.
The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link from prison on Thursday.
The case had been listed to fix a date for a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) – the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court.
However, a prosecutor said her colleague who is working on the case apologised as she had not yet finalised the case papers but hoped to get them to ‘case prep’ by the end of this week.
A defence lawyer agreed a PE date could be set for December with a review in mid-November.
At the time of Mr Shah’s death in March this year, PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “Shortly after 3.30pm this afternoon police received a report that a man had been stabbed in a property on Galgorm Road.
“Police responded but despite the efforts of emergency services the 67 year man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“A 36 year old man was also taken to hospital for treatment for injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
“A 51 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and remains in custody at this time.”
The next day, Detective Chief Inspector Montgomery confirmed the deceased was Mr Inayat Shah and added: “Mr Shah died from injuries sustained in an incident on the Galgorm Road at around 3.30pm yesterday afternoon. A 51 year old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody at this time. My investigation into this brutal murder is ongoing.”