Man ‘slashed rival after losing fist fight’


A beaten fist fighter allegedly produced a knife and slashed his rival’s arm and stomach, the High Court heard yesterday.

Thomas Connors is accused of attacking James Delaney in front of the victim’s teenage son near a travellers’ site in Belfast.

Connors, 22, and with an address at Clowney Street in the city, faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and threats to kill.

He was granted bail but banned from going near the Glenside Road camp.

The court heard Mr Delaney was allegedly attacked after arriving from Wales last August.

Kate McKay, prosecuting, claimed he encountered Connors and was told: “I was going to give you a hiding. Let me get my pants on.”

She said a fist fight broke out between the two men, with Mr Delaney getting the better of it.

Connors later produced a knife and attacked him in his vehicle, inflicting an arm wound, it was alleged.

Mrs McKay added: “He slashed him again on the right side of the stomach through an open window.”

Mr Delaney, who was with his 14-year-old son, did not suffer serious injuries, the court heard.

Mr Justice Stephens was told the alleged attack was part of a domestic dispute between two factions of the same family.

He agreed to grant bail after it was confirmed that the injured man has returned to Wales.