Man accused of attempted murder is refused bail
A man's arm was slashed as he defended himself during an alleged bid to stab him to death at a Belfast filling station, the High Court heard yesterday.
The victim underwent surgery for damaged tendons following the incident in the Andersonstown Road area in the west of the city in June, a judge was told.
Gareth Bradley (29), of Woodbourne Court in the city, was denied bail on charges of attempted murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and possessing a knife with intent to commit attempted murder.
Prosecutors said the victim was approached by two men who arrived at the garage in a taxi as he was withdrawing money early on June 1.
It was alleged that after he gave one of them a cigarette, Bradley produced a knife and attempted to stab him. As well as damage to tendons, he also suffered an eye injury.
The defendant was arrested at a nearby location.
Forensic tests on a knife are still being carried out.
Defence counsel Barry Gibson said that his client struggled with addiction problems that were exacerbated by the death of his mother.
He told the court that the defendant started taking a street drug known as 'Budweiser' and had little recollection of the alleged incident.
Mr Gibson also challenged the attempted murder charge against his client, stressing the high standard of proof required.
Denying bail, however, Mr Justice Adrian Colton held that the defendant was at a high risk of re-offending.