Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Teenager charged with ‘motiveless’ stabbing

A 17-year-old stabbed a man up to five times in an apparently motiveless attack near Belfast city centre, it was claimed in the High Court.

The teenager, who cannot be named, is alleged to have caused the wounds with a Stanley knife after an obscene threat was made to a woman who was with the victim. The youth denies a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent over the Ormeau Avenue stabbing on September 11.

Hearing his application for bail yesterday, a judge ordered a full medical report on the suspect, who was said to have mental health problems, before deciding if was safe to release him.

Adjourning the case, Mr Justice Treacy said: “There is clearly a very major issue about the risk this young man poses to other human beings.

“There seems to be evidence against this applicant that he gratuitously stabbed somebody, apparently without any motive.”

Barry Valentine, prosecuting, told the court the victim suffered stab wounds to his chest, armpit, back and hand, requiring 14 stitches for his injuries.

The accused was identified to police as being the attacker by a friend of the injured man. Mr Valentine claimed the youth was seen discarding a Stanley knife he removed from his pocket.

He was arrested and claimed to have been at his grandmother's house all night. But she appeared to cast doubt on his alibi by telling police this was not true, the court heard.

Mr Valentine said a rude remark was allegedly made by someone in the same group as the accused towards a female friend of the victim.

It was claimed that she was told: “If you don't come down this alleyway and **** me, I will stab you.”

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