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Court hears of mugger's stab threat to disabled man

By Alan Erwin

A knife-wielding robber who attacked a disabled man in Belfast threatened to "stab the life out of him", the city's High Court was told yesterday.

The victim, who uses a crutch, was forced to the ground on Boxing Day as the attacker tried to take his wallet, which contained £100, prosecutors said.

The would-be mugger fled empty-handed after a passer-by intervened in the incident on North Queen Street.

The details emerged as bail was refused to a 21-year-old man accused of the attack. Anthony Wylie, from Kansas Avenue, north Belfast, is charged with possessing an offensive weapon with intent, attempted robbery and possession of cocaine.

Defence counsel Michael Boyd said his client accepted being in possession of cocaine, but denied attempted robbery.

Denying bail, Mr Justice Deeny described the attack as "a serious and ugly offence of attempting to rob a gentleman who requires a crutch for his mobility".

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