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East Belfast knife attacker 'retaliated to dog bite'

By Alan Erwin

A man stabbed a shop owner after being bitten by the victim's dog while trying to feed it crisps, a court has heard.

Raymond Allardyce faces a charge of attempted murder over the knife attack on 66-year-old Denis Wolsey in east Belfast on Tuesday.

But a defence lawyer claimed the accused had first been bitten on the mouth as he tried to feed crisps to the pet.

Allardyce (49), of Finvoy Street in the city, is further charged with possessing an offensive weapon over the incident at Wolsey's Tackle Shop on the Upper Newtownards Road.

Allardyce was said to have been off drink while staying with his mother in Banbridge, Co Down.

But he returned to Belfast last Friday and went on a four-day vodka, rum and beer-drinking binge, the court was told.

As he appeared in the dock at Belfast Magistrates Court, an investigating detective opposed his application for bail. He claimed there was a potential risk of intimidation to witnesses.

But defence solicitor Seamus Leonard rejected the suggestion his client could interfere with the investigation. He said Allardyce knew Mr Wolsey and had expressed his "sincere apologies" for what happened.

Granting bail, District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered Allardyce to live with his mother and imposed an alcohol ban.

She also prohibited him from contacting the victim or any witnesses.

Following her verdict, Mr Leonard said: "He (Allardyce) apologises for this incident and he accepts responsibility for it."

Allardyce will appear again in court in six weeks' time.

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