Man remanded after Ballygowan murder bid

A 44 year-old man accused of attempting to murder a woman in Ballygowan has been remanded in custody.

Wayne Smyth, of Eglantine Crescent, Lisburn, appeared at Ards Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, facing charges of attempted murder, possessing a shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life and criminal damage.

A police officer confirmed he was aware of the facts of the case and believed he could connect Smyth to the charges.

None of the alleged facts surrounding the case were opened in court.

The charges arise after the victim, a woman in her 60s, was struck by shotgun pellets which were fired through the window of a house in Brae Grove in Ballygowan just after 11pm on Saturday.

The woman was hit on the head and back and was taken to hospital for treatment where she remains, but a man who was in the house at the time was unhurt.

A defence lawyer told the court Smyth would not be applying for bail.

District Judge Francis Rafferty remanded Smyth in custody and adjourned the case to July 17.