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Man accused of Belfast murder bid held in custody

By Alan Erwin

Published 21/09/2015

McGill will appear in court again next month.
McGill will appear in court again next month.

A man was remanded into custody today charged with attempted murder of a stab victim in Belfast.

Robert McGill, 23, is also accused of taking a screwdriver and a large kitchen knife into a hospital following the alleged attack.

The charges relate to an incident at Acton Street, where McGill lives, early on Sunday morning.

The victim was taken to hospital with a stab wound to the chest. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

McGill appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with attempted murder and two counts of possessing offensive weapons in a public place, namely the Mater Hospital.

As the allegations were put to him he replied from the dock: "I understand."

A detective constable confirmed he could connect him to the charges.

No further details of the incident were disclosed during the hearing.

Defence solicitor Niall O'Neill did not question the officer or seek bail.

He told the court: "My client is 23 and unfortunately there are some mental health issues which need to be explored before he mounts a bail application."

District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded McGill in custody to appear again by video-link on October 19.

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