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No bail for brothers over 'feud killing bid'

By Ashleigh McDonald

Two brothers accused of attempted to murder a man in Belfast as part of a family feud involving members of the travelling community have been refused bail by a Crown Court judge.

Thomas Mongan (27), from Valleyside Close in Edenderry, and his brother William (29), from Bleach Green in Belfast, are accused of attacking fellow Traveller Martin Heaney with a knife and samurai sword.

Mr Heaney sustained five stab wounds in the attack, which occurred in the Alliance Court area of Belfast on September 8 last year. A bail application was made on behalf of both brothers at Belfast Crown Court.

A prosecutor outlined the case against the Mongan brothers to Judge Corinne Philpott QC and said that "both accused were named as taking part in the attack". The prosecutor said that after men called at the property in the early hours of the morning, a fight broke out and Mr Heaney was attacked with two weapons.

Both men denied involvement and provided alibis.

The prosecutor spoke about several apparently linked incidents which occurred both before the attack on Mr Heaney and after the Mongan brothers were remanded in custody which suggested "an ongoing feud between members of the travelling community".

After hearing submission from both the Crown and defence, Judge Philpott said that if she did release them from custody, they may cross the border and would then be "notoriously difficult to find".

She added: "There is no possibility that any sensible judge considering the facts would grant bail in this case."

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