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Man accused of stabbing friend in east Belfast refused bail

A man was remanded into custody on Monday accused of stabbing his friend during a drink-fuelled weekend row at his home in east Belfast.

Darren Shah, 35, faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a kitchen knife with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He allegedly attacked another man at his Upper Frank Street address on Saturday, inflicting wounds to his body.

As Shah appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court police opposed his application for bail due to fears of possible re-offending.

A judge was also told he had failed to take his medication before the incident

Shah's solicitor, Denis Moloney, said he made full and frank admissions to police but raised issues of acting in self-defence.

The alleged attack occurred during a row in the accused's home, the court heard.

He was said to have been struck himself, sustaining injuries to his head and neck.

Mr Moloney stressed that if released his client would immediately go to his doctor to get back on the appropriate medication.

Refusing bail, however, the judge remanded Shah in custody to appear again by video-link on January 16.

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