Neutral Citation No:  NICA 2
Judgment: approved by the Court for handing down
(subject to editorial corrections)*
Delivered: 12 /01/2018
MORGAN, LCJ (delivering the judgment of the Court)
Count 1 - attempted murder contrary to Article 3(1) of the Criminal Attempts and Conspiracy (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 and Common law; and
Count 2 - causing grievous bodily injury with intent contrary to section 18 of the OAPA.
At his arraignment on 12 January 2017 the appellant pleaded not guilty to counts 1 and 2. The appellant was re-arraigned on 10 March 2017 and pleaded guilty to count 2. On 10 March 2017 His Honour Judge Miller QC ordered that count 1 was to be left on the books and not to be proceeded with without leave of the Court of Appeal. Mr O'Donoghue QC and Mr O'Kane appeared for the appellant and Mr Murphy QC and Mr Chambers for the prosecution. We are grateful to all counsel for their helpful written and oral submissions.
The consequences for the child
The appellant's circumstances
The trial judge's conclusion
The appellant's submissions