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Guilty plea in baby window fall after charge reduced

 

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Timuras Kozlov leaving an earlier court hearing

A 21-year-old man who was to stand trial in relation to an incident in which a baby boy fell from an upstairs window of a house., has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, after denying attempted murder.
Appearing in the dock of Dungannon Crown Court was Timuras Kozlov of Derrychara Drive, Enniskillen but remanded in custody since his arrest.
Originally from Lithuania, he had been accused of attempting to murder the baby – who was aged six months at the time – on the evening of 6 May 2017, at an address in the Castlecoole Road area of Enniskillen.
It had been alleged the child was thrown from a second floor window, although Kozlov has always insisted the fall was accidental, and last week pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
The case was then re-listed at court and counsel for the prosecution said an amended charge had been agreed following legal discussions.
Defence counsel asked for his client to be arraigned on the additional charge of unlawfully inflicting grievous bodily harm on the child, which Kozlov accepted.
The defence emphasised the guilty plea is “on an agreed statement of facts on the basis of recklessness.”
Prosecution counsel asked for the attempted murder charge to be left on the court books and not proceeded with.
His Honour Judge Stephen Fowler QC remanded Kozlov in continuing custody whilst pre-sentence reports are prepared.
He also ordered an update on the progress of the child, who sustained serious injurues in the fall.
Sentencing has been scheduled for 18 April.


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