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Victim was slashed in the face with bottle, court told

By Alan Erwin

Published 05/01/2016

A man was slashed in the face with a broken bottle after attending a New Year's Day house party in north Belfast, a court has heard
A man was slashed in the face with a broken bottle after attending a New Year's Day house party in north Belfast, a court has heard

A man was slashed in the face with a broken bottle after attending a New Year's Day house party in north Belfast, a court has heard.

The 24-year-old victim needed 23 stitches for wounds inflicted in an alleyway close to his alleged attacker's Glencairn Way home, police said.

Details emerged as Andrew Peden appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday charged with intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to Jordan Potts.

Peden (29) also faces two counts of possessing an offensive weapon - namely a broken bottle and knives.

He was refused bail due to the potential risk of interference with witnesses.

A detective constable told the court Mr Potts was discovered with facial stab wounds.

He was said to have got into an argument after arriving at the party with his girlfriend.

It was claimed that after the dispute ended the accused followed him outside to confront him in a nearby entry.

The detective said: "He remembers Mr Peden being in front of him with the bottle in his hand, but just blanks out after that."

According to police, Peden denied inflicting any of the facial stab wounds.

Defence counsel Richard McConkey claimed Mr Potts had been involved in confrontations with others, and had arrived at the party "the worse for wear".

Denying bail, District Judge Desmond Perry pointed out: "Mr Potts has, however it happened, come off with very serious injuries."

He remanded the accused in custody to appear again by video-link next month.

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