A Belfast teenager has gone on trial at the city’s Crown Court accused of attempting to murder his mother in June last year.
The jury of six men and six women were told little more than the 15-year-old, who cannot be named given his age, confessed to having stabbed his mother in the early hours of June 17, 2012.
Prosecutor Kate McKay told the court that the then 14-year-old had raised the alarm himself, and that when police arrived he came out of the front door, telling officers: “I have just stabbed my mother.” And then after being cautioned that he did not have to say anything, added: “I just lost it.”
His mother had managed to make her way to a neighbour’s home, where she was found and rushed to hospital. She had two lacerations, one of which was a stab wound to the back of her shoulder, and which had collapsed her lung.
The case continues today.