Alleged gun attack trio appear in Belfast court


Three men appeared in court yesterday in connection with a suspected gun assault in east Belfast.

Brothers Neil and Samuel Stewart are accused along with Thomas Patterson of carrying out the attack on a 29-year-old man last Saturday.

The victim suffered head and hand injuries after being targeted in the Thorndyke Street area.

A mobile phone, £140 in cash and a watch were allegedly stolen from him.

Neil Stewart, 35, with an address at Harbour View in Donaghadee, was arrested along with his 28-year-old brother Samuel, of Willowfield Crescent in Belfast.

Patterson, from Thorndyke Street, was also detained as part of the same investigation.

All three face charges of robbery, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The Stewarts are also accused of making threats to kill the victim.

The defendants were granted bail as they appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court – something Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes called a “borderline” decision.

The accused were ordered to report to police twice a week and banned from contacting each other.

All three are due back in court next month.