Bail refused for family feud attack brothers


Two brothers accused of attempted to murder a man in Belfast as part of a family feud involving members of the travelling community were yesterday refused bail by a Crown Court judge.

Thomas Mongan, 27, from Valleyside Close in Edenderry and his 29-year-old brother William Mongan from Bleach Green in Belfast, are accused of attacking fellow traveller Martin Heaney with a knife and samurai sword.

Mr Heaney sustained five stab wounds in the attack, which occurred in the Alliance Court area of Belfast on September 8 last year.

A bail application was made on behalf of both brothers at Belfast Crown Court.

A prosecutor outlined the case against the brothers to Judge Corinne Philpott QC and said that “both accused were named as taking part in the attack”. The prosecutor said that after men called at the property in the early hours of the morning, a fight broke out and Mr Heaney was attacked with two weapons.

The court heard it was the Crown’s case that Thomas Mongan used a knife, while William Mongan is accused of using the Samurai sword.

The prosecutor said the attack was partially captured on CCTV.

Both men denied involvement and provided alibis.

They are due to stand trial later this year.