Teenager accused of stabbing 51-year-old in west Belfast

A teenager appeared in court on Monday accused of breaking into a west Belfast house and carrying out a stabbing which left a man in a critical condition.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 18th April 2016, 6:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th April 2016, 9:45 am

Aidan Muir, 19, was allegedly armed with a pair of scissors and a hammer during an attack on the 51-year-old victim at Vere Foster Walk early on Saturday.

Muir, of Springhill Grove in the city, is charged with intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to the man.

He also faces charges of possessing an offensive weapon and burgling the home with intent to inflict grievous bodily bodily harm.

The victim was stabbed in the stomach but managed to walk to a nearby address where emergency services were contacted.

He is being treated in an intensive care unit at hospital.

As Muir entered the dock at Belfast Magistrates’ Court, a police officer opposed his application for bail.

With two other men arrested over the incident still being questioned, a defence lawyer suggested one of them could have carried out the stabbing.

The officer was unable to comment at this stage in the investigation.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall ruled that Muir can be released on bail once an address approved by police is found.

The accused is to be banned from the area of the alleged attack, and must not contact the victim, any co-accused or witnesses.

He is to abide by an alcohol prohibition and curfew during the bail period.