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Crossbow kill bid accused Thomas Cawley 'is a threat to the public'

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of attempted murder over a crossbow attack in south Belfast poses a danger to the general public, a court heard.

Thomas Cawley was refused bail after police said they were opposing his release in the strongest terms.

He was detained on Wednesday after a man was shot in the arm with a crossbow while sitting in a car on Belgravia Avenue.

The 29-year-old victim was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. A woman in the car with him was unhurt.

Cawley (28), of Belgravia Avenue, has been charged with attempting to murder Michael McMullan and damaging a vehicle windscreen.

He faces two further counts of possessing offensive weapons in public, namely a crossbow and a hammer.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates Court, Cawley confirmed he understood the charges against him.

Resisting his application for bail, a policewoman involved in the investigation claimed there could be interference with witnesses in the case.

She revealed other issues in connection with the accused were still under investigation.

"Police believe Mr Cawley is a danger to the general public," the officer said.

"At this stage, to protect the public, we are opposing bail in the strongest terms."

During cross-examination she confirmed the identity of the witness in the car was not disclosed to Cawley.

No statement has yet been made by Mr McMullan, the court heard.

Refusing bail, the judge ruled there was a risk of reoffending and failing to turn up for trial.

Cawley was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link on June 20.

Before being led from the dock he directed an outburst at another police officer in the court, calling him a "scumbag b******".

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