Detectives investigating the circumstances surrounding an 11-month-old baby’s death in Keady are still awaiting the full pathology report, a court has been told.
Sharyar Ali, 31, of Westerna Terrace in Co. Monaghan, appeared at Armagh Magistrates Court via videolink from Maghaberry Prison where he is on remand for the murder of Hunter Patrick McGleenan on November 26 last year.
Prosecution highlighted to the court that a pathology report was still outstanding and would require further time as the 31-year-old was remanded back into custody.
The Pakistani national previously had two further charges of possession of an indecent photograph of a child and illegal entry to the UK withdrawn.
Speaking on Tuesday, a prosecution barrister stated: “I will be asking for a four week remand, there is a pathology report which may take some time to be compiled.”
The was no objection to this application from defence solicitor Patrick Madden.
The case was adjourned until February 2 for an update.
Previous courts have heard how Ali was looking after Hunter at a property in Keady while the baby’s mother was with her terminally-ill grandmother.
Ali, who had been in a relationship with Hunter’s mum for about a year, claimed the infant had fallen off a low sofa and struck his head in a concrete floor, further claiming to interviewing detectives that he had performed CPR and given Hunter a cold shower to “revive him.”
In the morning however, Ali said he noticed the child’s lips were blue and he wasn’t breathing so he took him to the baby’s mother.
“At no time did he ring for medical assistance,” the earlier court heard.