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Mechanic accused of Newtownabbey stab attack on woman remanded into custody

A man accused of stabbing of a 26-year-old woman in Glengormley has been remanded into custody.

Stephen McFarlane (33), a mechanic, was arrested after a city-wide manhunt ended in a high-speed car chase on Belfast's Newtownards Road just over a week ago.

Standing in the dock of Belfast Magistrates Court he spoke only to confirm that he understood the 10 charges against him.

Asked if he understood the charges McFarlane, wearing a blue jumper, replied "yip".

McFarlane, from Glenville Park in Newtownabbey, is charged with a list of serious offences including attempted murder, breach of a non-molestation order, burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving, two counts of theft and four other offences.

ln the wake of the stabbing attack, the PSNI took the unusual step of circulating a photo of Mr McFarlane, who they wished to question about the stabbing incident.

A warrant for Mr McFarlane's arrest was issued.

A picture of his car was also released, and the public was warned not to approach him.

The woman who was injured in the incident, which took place at Ashgrove Road, Newtownabbey, on Wednesday, January 13, remains in hospital where she is still receiving treatment for her injuries.

A hospital spokesman last night said the victim's condition was "stable".

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