Man (62) accused of murdering his wife in Belfast has case sent to Crown Court

Man (62) accused of murdering his wife in Belfast has case sent to Crown Court

A 62-year-old man charged with the murder of his wife in south Belfast has had the case sent to a Crown Court for arraignment.

Gary Alexander Baird, whose charge sheet said 'address not known,' is accused of the murder of 60-year-old Susan Baird at  Windermere Gardens in August 2020.

He appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison at Newtownards Magistrates Court on Wednesday for a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court.

The defendant spoke to confirm he could see and hear the court and that he had received the papers in the case.

A prosecutor submitted there was a case to answer and a defence solicitor had no contrary submissions.

Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop ruled there was a case to answer.

When asked by a court clerk if he wished to say anything in answer to the charge the defendant replied: 'No Your Worship'.

The defendant was remanded in custody and the case was sent to Laganside Crown Court in Belfast on a date to be fixed.

The defence solicitor had an application granted for "two counsel" in the case.