Man Jailed After Stabbing Two Strangers In Belfast

A man who stabbed two strangers in Belfast city centre in July 2022 has been sentenced to ten and a half years in prison.

At a previous hearing at Belfast Crown Court, Derek McOwen, 29, had pleaded guilty to guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and to a charge of possessing a bladed article in a public place.
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Detective Sergeant McGearty said: "McOwen indiscriminately attacked two strangers, one in Bedford Street and the other in Amelia Street, during the early hours of the morning on 7 July 2022. Both men sustained extremely serious injuries which required extensive medical treatment.

"In addition to the significant custodial sentence handed down, he was also given a three year extended licence to be served upon his release from prison.

​"The sentence given today reflects the seriousness of the offending and the severity of the injuries inflicted and I hope the victims can take some sense of comfort from knowing their attacker will not be free for a very long time."

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