For trial on abduction

A 45-year-old Lebanese father of three is to go on trial charged with abducting his children and trying to take them out of the UK.

Standing in the dock of Banbridge Magistrates Court last Thursday for a preliminary Enquiry was Mohamad Fayad whose current address was given as Upper Edward Street, Newry.

He is charged with three counts of child abduction by a parent on 29 March last year. he is further charged with entering as a trespasser premises at Willowgrove Avenue, Banbridge between 26th and 30th March last year and stealing passports, identity documents and jewellery.

A PPS Prosecutor told District Judge Mr Paul Copeland that based on the papers before the court there was a prima facie case to answer.

Fayad’s solicitor made a legal aid application for two counsel given the nature of the “unusual charges.”

He said his client was a Lebanese National whose children were UK residents who had been living with their mother.

He explained how his client was apprehended at Dublin airport by the Garda Siochana and the Dublin authorities.

The court granted the application and Fayad was returned for trial on continuing bail to Newry Crown Court on 16th May.