Stabbing accused ‘covered in blood’

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A man accused of carrying out a stabbing outside a north Belfast bar was allegedly spotted in the area bare-chested and covered in blood, the High Court heard on Friday.

Prosecutors also claimed a flick knife and barbeque fork were among weapons used during a confrontation with Patrick Hughes.

Thomas Dreelan denies a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Hughes with intent on November 20.

The 21-year-old, of Cliftonpark Court in the city, was granted bail but banned from going near where the alleged victim or another witness live.

Mr Hughes was said to have been taken to hospital with three stab wounds to his side inflicted in an incident on the Cliftonville Road.

Stephanie Boyd, prosecuting, said police discovered a trail of blood from the bar to near his mother’s home at Clifton Crescent.

“A flick knife, baseball bat and barbeque fork all believed to have been used in the incident were found,” she said.

“An eye-witness recalled a male run up the street with no shirt on and covered in blood. This is believed to be Mr Dreelan.”

The accused and another man with Mr Hughes were also both treated for stab wounds, the court heard.

Dreelan, who sustained head and hand injuries, was arrested after being seen by hospital staff.

The defendant and alleged victim have each accused the other of attacking their respective mothers’ homes.

Mrs Boyd confirmed that Mr Hughes is also to be interviewed by police in connection with Dreelan’s injuries.