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)

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