Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Co Antrim man 'stabbed estranged wife after waiting in garden shed', court hears

Prosecutors claimed Samuel McCone was already armed with a knife when he forced his way in to launch the attack.
Prosecutors claimed Samuel McCone was already armed with a knife when he forced his way in to launch the attack.

A man allegedly inflicted multiple stab wounds on his estranged wife after waiting in a garden shed for her to arrive home, the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors claimed Samuel McCone was already armed with a knife when he forced his way in to launch the attack.

But the 52-year-old denies bringing any weapon with him to the house in Co Antrim.

McCone, of Knockview Road, Newtownabbey, faces charges of aggravated burglary inflicting grievous bodily harm, criminal damage and breach of a non-molestation order.

He was refused bail after a judge ruled that releasing him would put his wife at risk.

Police were called to the scene of the alleged attack at Laurel Hill, Newtownabbey on June 2 after she ran out into the street screaming for help, the court was told.

McCone, who had recently split up with his wife, is alleged to have gone to her house earlier and waited in the shed.

Stephanie Boyd, prosecuting, claimed he confronted the woman when she came home, accusing her of ruining his life.

He produced a knife from his shirtsleeve, stabbing her in the lower abdomen and again in the arm and hand during a struggle, it was claimed.

The woman managed to escape by pushing him over a table and fleeing outside to neighbours, the court heard.

McCone is also accused of smashing up a mobile phone, laptop computer and television set during the incident.

"Police would say their belief is this knife was brought to the scene as opposed to being lifted as the defendant made out in interview," Mrs Boyd added.

Denis Boyd, defending, said McCone went to the house to discuss access to his children, and had waited in the shed because otherwise his wife would not have let him in to talk.

"A row developed, she shouted a lot of abusive things at him and he says he very foolishly lifted a knife from the kitchen table and prodded at her back or side," Mr Boyd said.

"He didn't intend to cause serious injuries. It as something he regrets, a spur of the moment thing."

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Weatherup described McCone's alleged hiding in the shed as a "sinister aspect" of the case.

"At this point it must have been terrifying for the wife," the judge added.

"This is a very dangerous situation and if he's released can I feel that the wife will be safe? No I can't."

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