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Man remanded in custody accused of two attempted murders in north Belfast

By Alan Erwin

Published 21/10/2015

Police at the scene of the incident on the Limestone Road in north Belfast.
Police at the scene of the incident on the Limestone Road in north Belfast.

A man was remanded in custody today accused of two attempted murders in north Belfast.

John James Bell, 38, was arrested following alleged stabbings on the Limestone Road early on Monday.

Bell, of Parkend Street in the city, is charged with attempting to murder Michael and Edward Rosbotham.

He also faces further counts of assaults on a policewoman, a designated PSNI representative and threatening to kill them both.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates' Court, Bell gave a thumbs-up signal to friends as he entered the dock.

He nodded to confirm he understood the charges but made no further comment.

An investigating detective confirmed he could connect the accused to the alleged offences.

No application for bail was mounted at this stage.

A defence lawyer indicated some issues were still to be resolved before his client seeks release.

District Judge Peter King remanded Bell in custody to appear again by video-link later this week.

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