Attempted murder accused Michael William Duffy to stand trial


A man is to stand trial accused of an attempted murder in Belfast, a judge ruled today.

Michael William Duffy faces a total of six charges connected to an alleged incident at North Howard Street in January.

The 23-year-old, of no fixed address, is accused of trying to kill Danny Curley and of wounding Rachel McGeown.

He is also alleged to have made a threat to kill and caused criminal damage to a door frame belonging to Helm Housing Association.

A further two counts of possession of an offensive weapon, namely a knife, were put to him as he appeared for a preliminary enquiry at Belfast Magistrates’ Court.

Duffy declined to call witnesses or give evidence at this stage in the case.

Backing a prosecution submission that the accused has a case to answer, District Judge Amanda Henderson granted an application to have him returned for Crown Court trial.

Duffy was remanded into custody until that hearing gets underway on a date to be fixed.

Judge Henderson also certified a defence request to have two barristers represent the accused.