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Ex-footballer faces murder trial

PUBLISHED: 15:13 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:42 12 August 2010

A FORMER professional footballer appeared at the Old Bailey last Thursday ahead of his trial for attempted murder.  Non-league defender Mario Celaire, 30, of Sydenham Road, Sydenham,

A FORMER professional footballer appeared at the Old Bailey last Thursday ahead of his trial for attempted murder.

Non-league defender Mario Celaire, 30, of Sydenham Road, Sydenham, allegedly attacked 19-year-old Kara Hoyte.

She was found unconscious at a flat in Green Pond Close, Walthamstow, on February 11, last year.

Miss Hoyte continues to make a recovery but suffers from the language disorder aphasia, caused by brain injuries.

Celaire, who works as a builder and plays for Maidstone United in the Kent League, changed his name to McNish by deed poll in 2006.

He made a brief appearance at the Old Bailey, via videolink from Belmarsh prison, ahead of an eight-week trial scheduled for January 5, next year.

He spoke only to confirm his name during a brief preliminary hearing. No pleas were entered.

He will remain in custody until September 12 when he will appear again for another pre-trial hearing.

It has not yet been confirmed when he will enter a plea.

Celaire won the Maidstone fans' player of the year award in their Kent League title-winning season of 2005/06 after signing from local rivals Beckenham Town.

Earlier in his career he played for Brentford, who are currently in League Two, and also turned out for non-league Fisher Athletic.

Celaire was arrested in August last year during the police investigation and released on bail.

He was charged with attempted murder in December and has remained at Belmarsh since.

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