30/08/2004

Four appear in court following weekend stabbing

Four people have appeared in court today charged with an attack on loyalist bandsmen in North Belfast at the weekend.

The accused were charged with assault and grievous bodily harm.

Michael Liddy, 23, of Bleerick Drive, Antrim, made no reply when the charges were put to him. Christopher McConnell, 17, of Old Park Avenue, and Keith O'Neil, 17, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, all replied "not guilty" when charged.

The four were remanded in custody to appear by video-link on September 21.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning as the two bandsmen and a third man walked along the Shore Road.

One suffered a stab wound to the stomach and underwent emergency surgery, while the other man who received a stab wound to the neck has since been discharged from hospital.

(MB/SP)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

11 September 2019
Man Jailed For Rape & Sexual Assault
A 30-year-old man has been jailed after he was convicted of rape and two counts of sexual assault. The Lurgan man was sentenced to three years and nine months imprisonment on Tuesday 10 September at Craigavon Crown Court. Police have welcomed the sentencing and commended the female victim for pursuing her case.
11 September 2019
Man Charged Over City Centre Stabbing
A man in his twenties has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing at an office building in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday. The incident occurred at around 2pm in the Scottish Provident Buildings in Donegall Square West, adjacent to City Hall.
12 September 2019
Man Held Over Police Murder Bid In Belfast
A man has been arrested in County Fermanagh by detectives investigating the attempted murder of a police officer with an under-car bomb in east Belfast. The 38-year-old suspect was detained in Belleek on Wednesday morning, 11 September, by the PSNI's Terrorism Investigation Unit. He was taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.
09 September 2019
Concern Grows For Man Last Seen In Belfast
The family of a man who has been missing for a week after he was last seen in Belfast are becoming increasingly concerned for his whereabouts. Matthew Jamison was in Belfast City Centre on Monday 02 September and has not been seen since. Police believe he may have travelled to London.
09 September 2019
Man Critical After Co Fermanagh Collision
An elderly man has been left in critical condition after his bicycle was involved in a collision with a tractor in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh. The 73-year-old sustained serious head injuries in the crash on the Skeoge Road at around 1pm on Saturday 07 September. It is understood his bike collided with a JCB tractor.