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Mum bailed in double attempted murder case

By Alan Erwin

Published 08/09/2015

Kathleen McCann (28) told police she feared for her own life when a drink-fuelled row with neighbours turned violent following a night out
Kathleen McCann (28) told police she feared for her own life when a drink-fuelled row with neighbours turned violent following a night out

A west Belfast woman accused of trying to stab a mother and daughter to death claims she acted in self-defence, the High Court has heard.

Kathleen McCann (28) told police she feared for her own life when a drink-fuelled row with neighbours turned violent following a night out.

McCann, of Cloona Manor in Dunmurry, was granted bail on charges of attempting to murder Saoirse May and her mother Jacqueline on August 31.

Prosecutors said the older victim was stabbed five times, suffering a collapse lung, while her daughter sustained knife wounds to the head and ear.

McCann, herself a mother-of-three, is further accused of aggravated burglary and inflicting grievous bodily harm while armed with a knife.

The court heard she had been out with Saoirse May at the Tennant's Vital music concert in Belfast.

It was claimed that an argument between the two women broke out later that night.

The defendant claimed she was attacked with a baseball bat before managing to get away.

She alleged that a knife was produced during a further confrontation at Saoirse May's house.

Prosecution counsel Conor Maguire said McCann denied stabbing anybody, but claimed that if she did it was in self-defence as she feared for her life.

However, the barrister claimed that McCann's account was at odds with both the wounds inflicted and an independent witness.

Dennis Boyd, defending, stressed that his client also suffered cuts and bruising.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Maguire ordered McCann to live at an address in Co Antrim.

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