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Man 'tried to stab shop worker' in botched Belfast raid

By Alan Erwin

Published 19/01/2016

A man accused of trying to stab a cashier in the head during a bid to rob an east Belfast convenience store had drunk 24 tins of beer, a court has heard
A man accused of trying to stab a cashier in the head during a bid to rob an east Belfast convenience store had drunk 24 tins of beer, a court has heard

A man accused of trying to stab a cashier in the head during a bid to rob an east Belfast convenience store had drunk 24 tins of beer, a court has heard.

Scott McCormick claims to have no memory of the alleged incident at the Co-op on Saturday morning.

The 28-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court charged with attempted robbery, threats to kill, common assault, possession of an offensive weapon and attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

McCormick, of Lichfield Avenue in the city, allegedly entered the store on the Beersbridge Road and went behind the counter area.

A prosecution lawyer claimed he produced a knife, shouted, "Open the f****** till," and lunged at an employee, trying to stab him around the head area.

The alleged victim managed to grab the attacker's arms and take the knife from him.

While he was being restrained the attempted robber allegedly shouted: "I know where you are, I'm going to kill you."

District Judge Desmond Perry was told the defendant later claimed to have no recollection of the incident.

Defence barrister Richard McConkey said: "It wasn't simply abusing alcohol, there were tablets as well." He contended that could have impacted on his client's conduct and memory.

Bail was refused due to the risks of re-offending and interference with witnesses. McCormick was remanded in custody to appear by video-link on February 15.

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