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Bail hearing is told of samurai sword attack

BY ALAN ERWIN

A man was attacked with a samurai sword and knife as part of a feud between two families in Belfast, the High Court heard.

Martin Heaney was stabbed in the body, arms and legs after being dragged from his home in the night, prosecutors said.

As one of two men accused of trying to kill him sought bail, a judge called it a "barbaric attack".

William Mongan (28), of Bleach Green, Belfast, denies charges of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon in public.

He is alleged to have gone to Mr Heaney's home in the Ardoyne area early on September 8 last year armed with a samurai sword.

A co-accused with him at the time had a knife hidden up his sleeve, it was claimed.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said the victim answered a knock on the door and was dragged outside by two masked men.

Defence counsel Conn O'Neill said Mongan denies the charges and has provided an alibi.

Bail was sought on the basis of delay in progressing the case.

Mr Justice Horner heard police have still not obtained a statement from the emergency doctor who treated Mr Heaney.

The judge adjourned the application until next month.

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