Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Scottish man to stand trial over Newtownabbey knife attack on five people

The 42-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court
The 42-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court

A man is to stand trial accused of trying to murder a pensioner and two women in a knife attack, a judge ruled today.

Craig Binnie will also face charges of wounding another man and woman during the same incident in Newtownabbey.

The 42-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court in connection with alleged multiple stabbings carried out late last year.

Paramedics were called to the scene at two neighbouring homes in Ballyduff Gardens on December 30.

Binnie, originally from Scotland but with an address at Tynan Drive in Newtownabbey, is charged with the attempted murders of pensioner Samuel Gaynor, Angela Bell and Nancy McDowell.

He is further accused of wounding Lisa Donaghy and wounding Robert McDowell with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

A sixth charge against him relates to possessing offensive weapons, namely two kitchen knives, with intent to commit the offence of attempted murder.

Dressed in a grey v-neck jumper and brown trousers, Binnie was brought from custody for a preliminary enquiry hearing to decide if he has a case to answer.

He nodded to confirm he understood the charges against him and shook his head when asked if he objected to the proceedings.

The defendant declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall backed prosecution submissions that a prima facie case has been established.

She granted an application to have Binnie returned for Crown Court trial on a date to be fixed.

With bail not sought, he was returned to custody until that hearing gets underway.

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