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Teenager accused of murder

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A TEENAGER has appeared in the Magistrate's Court charged with the attempted rape, robbery and murder of nursery nurse Tracy Burns.

Paul Greenan (18), of Belfast, hid his face with his right arm as he was led into the dock at 3.45 pm yesterday, minutes after being charged.Flanked by a policeman and a prison guard, and dressed in jeans, white trainers and a blue and white striped jumper, he reserved his pleas to the charges.Greenan's Advocate, Rui Tremoceiro, made no application for bail and the defendant was remanded in custody until his next court appearance in two weeks.He was last night under 24-hour suicide watch in the Young Offenders wing of La Moye Prison.Prison Governor Mike Kirby said that a special door had been fitted to his cell so that officers could watch him at all times.Greenan stands accused of trying to rape the 35-year-old children's ward nurse just yards from her home in Victoria Avenue before killing and robbing her in the early hours of Sunday.Flowers now lie where Tracy's unconscious body was found in Paris Lane at 2 am on Sunday.

She died an hour after being attacked as she made her way home after enjoying a meal and drinks with friends in St Helier.The alleged offences took place in Paris Lane, to the side of Stampers in First Tower, where Miss Burns was found unconscious just before 2 am.

Tracy had suffered severe facial injuries and never regained consciousness.As the charges against him were read out, Greenan bent forward with his head between his knees and his arms over his face.

He said nothing during the three-minute hearing attended by members of Miss Burns's family, some of whom had flown down from Newcastle, where she lived before moving to Jersey 12 years ago.Members of the defendant's family were also in court.After the hearing, Greenan was led out of court by two police officers with a blue, quilted blanket over his head and was driven away in an unmarked green police car.

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